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Viral Claim: A WhatsApp conversation was shared on social media claiming of the actual death by the Indian air force attack on Pakistan, it says it claimed around 292 terrorist kills.  

Facts Check: Doubtful

Viral News in Social Media Twitter / Facebook / WhatsApp / Others Examples:

Exclusive #PROOF of #AirStrikes

One of My Friend's Known From #Pakistan Claimed That Around 292 Terrorists Killed in #AirSurgicalStrikes His Mother Is Dean of #Balakot Medical_University The Idiots Searching For #Proof Read The Conversation Below 👇

#WhyTheyHateModi @ippatel

The post can be viewed here and the archived version here.

Facts Check Analysis: The news viral on social media claiming that one of social media user from the other side, ie Pakistan claimed that around 292 terrorists were killed in the Air Surgical strike.

The news has nothing to support the claim, apart from the whatsapp communication. The post has been re-tweeted for more than 809.  

Analyzing the text in the whatsapp message

  1. Balakot medical university: we were unable to find, any university with this term as Balakot medical university.

In a video conference, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said, Whatever We Intended To Destroy We Got That Result

There has not been any official confirmation on the number of death, however the speculation are high on the number of casualties to be around 250-300, but not confirmation by the government of India or the Government of Pakistan.

Amit Shah, recently also claimed that 250 terrorists were killed in the Balakot airstrike.

However, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said the IAF cannot give an exact figure of those killed in the air strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Pakistan, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said there was no number to give out.

So there are no official information to support this claim, however going by the users whatsapp claim, there is a possibility that the user has a friend living in Pakistan and he has given chahal such information, which the media journalist do not have. So keep this whatsapp shared information in doubtful category.

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