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Watch: Is the video of the man on fire in a Dubai mall is fake? Here's the truth

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 9 June 2018, 12:57 IST

Recently a video of burning man in a Dubai mall went viral all over social media claiming that the person caught fire due to the explosion of the mobile phone in the pocket. According to the person, who posted the video on Facebook. He wrote that the person caught fire because a mobile phone exploded in his pocket. The short clip posted by him was reposted by more than 100 people in less than 24 hours. He wrote the caption in Malayalam, and it was translated as “an incident that just happened in Dubai”. People can be seen trying to save the person from fire and shrieking in fear. But after an inspection, this was revealed that this news was fake.

Even the Dubai Police released a warning for people that should not believe on everything they see on social media. They said that the accident was occurred in Morocco, in a city called Agadir, on June 3. “The video wasn’t in The Dubai Mall or in any mall in the emirate. There is a police post in the mall and the officers didn’t receive any alert about such an incident,” Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs of Dubai Police, said.


According to a report, Dubai Police also posted a clarification on their Twitter account, that this horrific incident took place in a mall in Morocco. A Morocco news channel report stated that the man was in fact, a ‘would-be shoplifter’, who set himself on fire at the Agadir supermarket. The 30-year-old decided to do this because his attempt at stealing something from the mall was foiled by the security personnel there, who then imposed a heavy fine.


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First published: 9 June 2018, 12:52 IST