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A photo was shared on blogs and other social media in Indonesia, claiming to show a deadly fire at a Koranic school in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. The claim is false: the image is of a fire at an Islamic boarding school in the Indonesian town of Jayapura.
The photo appeared in this Blog post in Indonesian, dated November 7, 2021.
Its title translates in English as: “In truth to Allah we belong and to Allah we will return. Need your help and your prayers. A fire in a Koranic boarding school kills 26 pupils and two teachers”.
The first two paragraphs of the blog post read: “A deadly fire took place at a Koranic boarding school near Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, on Wednesday morning.
âAs quoted by AFP, the Liberian presidential office said at least 26 students and two teachers were killed in the incident, which started late Tuesday night and continued until Wednesday morning.
He added that Liberian President Georges weah, a former AC Milan football player, visited the scene of the disaster in Paynesville, according to a presidential spokesman.
The claim is false, however.
A reverse Google image search revealed that the photo actually shows a fire at an Islamic boarding school in Jayapura, in Indonesia Papua Province, February 12, 2019.
The photo was posted here in a report in the Indonesian newspaper Kompas.com, dated February 13, 2021 and entitled: “Fire in the girls’ dormitory of the Islamic boarding school of Jayapura”.
The caption for the photo reads: “A fire ravaged the girls’ dormitory at Jayapura DDI boarding school on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.”
Below is a screenshot comparison between the misleading message photo (L) and Kompas.com photo (R):
No deaths were reported in the blaze.
Details of the incident described in the misleading messages appear to relate to a fire at a Liberian Koranic school in September 2019, which killed at least 26 students and two teachers, as AFP reports. here.