Unrelated photos shared in online posts about deadly bombing at Islamic school in Pakistan
Two photos — one showing a pen and a pencil lying in a pool of blood and another showing an injured child — have been shared thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim they reveal the aftermath of a bombing at an Islamic seminary in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in October 2020. The claim, however, is false; the photos have circulated online in unrelated reports since August 2018 and January 2020 respectively.
Pen and pencil photo
The first photo was published on Facebook here on October 27, 2020. The post has been shared 4,700 times.
The post’s Urdu-language caption translates to English as: "Allah may protect all religious schools."
The text above the image reads: “The nation is totally silent because funerals are of religious students. #Peshawarblast.”
The claim is false.
A reverse image search on Google found the photo has circulated online since 2018, two years before the Peshawar bombing.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the misleading post (L) and the 2018 blog post (R):
Injured child photo
The second photo showing a wounded child was published on Facebook here on October 27, 2020. The post has been shared 476 times.
The post’s Urdu-language caption translates to English as: “Today the tearful eyes of this martyred child in a bomb blast at the religious seminary in Peshawar are asking the rulers of the state what was his fault?”
The claim is false.
A reverse image search on Google found the photo was published by Getty Images here in January 2020, ten months before the Peshawar bombing.
The photo's caption states it shows a child in Syria who was wounded in an airstrike.
The photo’s caption reads: “EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / An injured Syrian child cries after being transported to a clinic for treatment following an air strike by pro-regime forces on the nothwestern city of Idlib on January 11, 2020. (Photo by Omar HAJ KADOUR / AFP) (Photo by OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Images).”