Is this picture in circulation about an Explosion in Abuja?

Prudence Emudianughe

Claim

In tweets of random images making rounds, certain handlers claimed that an Explosion had occured around the Maitama area of Abuja on Wednesday afternoon.

Verdict

The claim using this image in circulation that a bomb explosion occured in the Maitama area of the Abuja is MISLEADING.

Full Text

On Wednesday afternoon, news of an explosion in the Maitama area of Abuja began circulating on social media on Wednesday afternoon.

Pictures were tweeted on X, the microblogging social media platform, reporting the said explosion in Abuja.

Verification

FCA analysed this picture using reverse image search engines and found that it was completely unrelated to a recent explosion in Abuja.

This image was taken by the Associated Press after an improvised explosive device (IED) killed at least 21 people at Banex Plaza shopping center in Wuse on June 25, 2014 and was published from an NBC news report about a bomb explosion in the Wuse area of Abuja.

Conclusion

FactCheckAfrica can conclude that the claim that an Explosion had occured around the maitama area of Abuja on Wednesday afternoon is MISLEADING.