Old photos of unrelated blast attributed to Pakistan mosque bombing
03 February 2023 | 2:33 pm
Some social media users and media publications are using photos from a 2022 blast that claim to show the aftermath of the suicide bombing that killed at least 100 people in a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday. We tell you where these photos are really from in this edition of Truth or Fake.
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