By: Pradarshi Paul
Claim: An image of killed soldiers went viral on social media recently, with the claim that they were slain by Boko Haram.
What Happened: An image of shot Nigerian soldiers has been widely shared on social media with the claim that they have been killed by Boko Haram, a terrorist organization that operates in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad.
This post has been retweeted over 1.6k times.
The official Facebook page of PDP also shared this post.
Facts: This picture of dead soldiers is not from Nigeria nor were they killed by Boko Haram. The image is in fact an Associated Press photo from 2011, showing the dead bodies of men that the militant group Al-Shabaab claimed to have killed in Somalia. The terrorist group had made a statement then that these were African Union peacekeepers they had slain.
Twitter users have criticised the use of this image by the PDP.
Conclusion: All over the world, images related to soldiers are used on several occasions to serve political propaganda agendas, as they appeal to nationalist and patriotic sentiments while demonizing an ‘other’, which is a very effective technique. Recently, Metafact debunked a similar story where an old video resurfaced on social media with false narrative claiming a soldier was killed by a mob in Kashmir.