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Just hours after a video of a traffic cop losing his phone to thugs on a motorbike went viral, the National Police Service has come out to question its authenticity.

Through a tweet, the police claimed that the video was manipulated and was meant to taint the image of the service.

Members of the public were urged to ignore it; never mind the number of times the video had been shared.

“Our investigations have revealed that a video circulating on social media insinuating to be of a police officer being snatched a phone is a manipulated video whose intention is malicious.

“We urge members of the public to ignore it,” read the tweet by the National Police Service.

In the comments section, netizens were quick to bash the police service for attempting to save face although some saw some truth in their claims.