A video is viral on social media depicting a man, wearing a white kaftan, falling off a hoverboard and exploding. Background music has been added to the video, which says “Allah Hu Akbar”. Several social media users have shared the video claiming that the man is a suicide bomber who exploded into a ball of flames after falling off the hoverboard.
Expelled BJP leader Naveen Kumar Jindal (@naveenjindalbjp), who was formerly the media head and spokesperson of BJP Delhi, posted the video on X (formerly Twitter) with the caption, “The Jihadi was carrying a bomb for someone else. He himself reached 72 Huron.” The tweet received over 1,47,200 views, 3,500 likes and 1,200 retweets. (Archive)
किसी और के लिए बम ले जा रहा था जिहादी.. ख़ुद ही 72 हूरों के पास पहुंच गया.. pic.twitter.com/8KyKoBt8lR
— Naveen Kr Jindal 🇮🇳 (@naveenjindalbjp) October 29, 2023
Another X user, Nagma Khatun (@Nagmakhatun786), shared the video with the caption, “#AllahuAkbar Bomb disposal squad. Bulla preparing against Israel. Go on a direct journey to hell. #Hamas #HamasTerrorists #Israel_under_attack” The video has over 24,900 views, 127 likes and 50 retweets. (Archive)
Bomb disposal squad.🚨😱😅🤣
— Nagma Khatun🇮🇱♥️ (@Nagmakhatun786) October 25, 2023
We noticed that an X user, @Delhiite_, had shared another version of the same video, but there was no explosion. It shows the man falling off the hoverboard and then lying on the road for a few seconds.
Never Trust Any Modi Voters pic.twitter.com/vNIrw56O9H
— زماں (@Delhiite_) October 30, 2023
We broke down the viral video into key-frames using Invid software and then reverse-searched one of them on Google. This led us to a 2015 YouTube video, titled in Macedonian, ‘Араб на гироскутере’ (translation: Arab on gyro-scooters). The video depicts the man falling off the hoverboard and then lying on the ground.
A 2015 report by Daily Mail, titled, “Painful moment man is sent hurtling down the road face-first after he loses his balance on speeding hoverboard in Dubai“, features the original video and states that “Captured on camera is the moment a man wipes out on one of the nifty contraptions and is sent hurtling down the road face-first. The video, which was filmed by artist and entertainer Masta Moneyplus on a smartphone, appears to capture the man’s unfortunate fall completely on the off chance.”
The report further added that “Recording from the window of a building, the video maker zooms in and follows the progress of a man travelling along the road on a hoverboard. At first, everything appears to be going to plan – the man leans forward and picks up speed while moving in a straight line. However disaster suddenly strikes and the man moves beyond the contraption, which crashes behind him. With nothing under his feet and a lot of momentum carrying him forward, the man is sent hurtling into the road face-first.” The report does not mention any bomb blast or explosion.
To sum up, a video depicting a man falling off a hoverboard and exploding into flames has gone viral with a communal spin. Our fact-check revealed that the video was edited. The man fell off the hoverboard but there was no explosion.
Abira Das is an intern at Alt News.
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