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FAKE ALERT: Old wreckage from Arizona being shared as Indian spy drone shot down by Pakistan

Highlights Pakistani Twitter handles shared an image of a drone wreckage claiming it to be an Indian spy drone shot down by Pakistan Army.
They claimed that it happened in Kot Kotehra village along the Line of Control.
However the image used turned out to be an old photo of an American drone which had crashed in Arizona, USA in 2006. Tariq Naqash, a Pakistani Journalist affiliated to media house Dawn, shared an image of a drone wreckage on Twitter. He claimed it to be an Indian spy drone shot down by Pakistan Army.

Quoting locals, the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) based journalist claimed that the incident happened in Kot Kotehra village along the Line of Control in Khuiratta sector of “Azad Kashmir’s” Kotli district.

Soon the image, along with the text, was lifted by several pro-Pakistan Twitter handles and was shared widely.

However, Naqash deleted his tweet with the image of the drone wreckage and made another tweet saying he “Realised a wrong picture got attached”, and that he stands by the content of his tweet.

TRUTH ::

The image used by Naqash and the other social media handles making similar claims is an old photo of an American drone which had crashed in Arizona, USA in 2006.

Additionally, neither Indian Air Force nor the Indian defense ministry acknowledged any such drone being downed by Pakistan.

VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY ::

Using simple reverse-image search of Google, we found an NBC News report dated March 20, 2013 which carried the same image with the caption “The remains of a Predator B “Reaper” drone, sprinkled across the Arizona mountainside near Nogales, in this April 2006 photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board.”

On further research, we found that the drone Predator B “Reaper” had crashed in 2006 while on routine border patrol. The Reaper is an unmanned combat aerial vehicle which carries several weapons like laser-guided bombs, air-to-ground missiles etc..

India is yet to acquire drones of this make. Several news reports earlier this year claimed that Modi government was going to fast-track acquisition of lethal Predator drones for Indian Navy and Indian Army.

This means that even for representational purposes, the image used by Pakistanis fails to corroborate their claims.

VERDICT ::

Times Fact Check has found image used to make claims of “Pakistan shooting down an Indian drone” to be wreckage of Predator drone that crashed in Arizona in 2006.

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