On Tuesday, February 26, when Indian Air Force struck on the biggest Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a fake clip of the attack went viral. A video doing rounds on Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram is being shared with the claim that it depicts the airstrike.
On Twitter, the video was shared by a user called Mrityunjay Dwivedi with accompanying text that read — “#Surgicalstrike2 #Balakot #IndiaStrikesBack #IndianAirForce New Video of Attack See this Pakistan Murdabad.”
At first look, the video did not seem genuine. The faint English commentary in the background raised doubts. Then, later on, the reports said that this viral clip is from a video game ‘Arma 2’. The part of the video that is viral on social media starts at about 20 seconds in the original clip.
Watch the viral video here:
The video game clip includes team-based fight, a comprehensive playbook of military tactics and an enormous battlefield to push your strategic skills to the limit.
Indian Air Force sources have said that multiple Mirage 2000 Indian fighter jets carried out attacks on the terrorist camps across the border. The targets were terror camps and launch pads of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) among other terrorist groups, the source said. Reports stated that the strikes involving several fighter jets of the Indian Air Force successfully destroyed camps belonging to Pakistan-based terror outfits of JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
As the news spread, celebrities started celebrating the courageous action by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the political leadership. Sonakshi Sinha, Abhishek Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Suniel Shetty, Kamal Haasan, Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Sonu Sood, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Siddharth, KRK, Chetan Bhagat and Taapsee Pannu among others shared their proud feelings. Ajay Devgn, in fact, wrote, “mess with the best, die like the rest. salute”.