ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed, reports claim
BEIRUT (Web Desk) – Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in an airstrike in Syria’s Raqqa, claimed Syrian state TV on Sunday.
The world’s most wanted terrorist, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is said to have been killed, though the reports are yet to be verified.
This isn’t the first time that the extremist leader has been reported dead, so the news has been met with scepticism. The terrorist organisation’s media arm Amaq has not yet confirmed the reports.
It is claimed that the leader of ISIS was killed during a heavy artillery raid on Raqqa, the Islamic State-occupied city in Syria, reports the Syrian state TV.
The leader, who is known for his extremist sermons that have inspired terrorist attacks throughout Europe has a £20million bounty on his head.
At least seven civilians were reported to have been killed in Saturday’s air strikes, according to independent Syrian news platform Raqqa24, but as yet there is no mention of the ISIS leader.
In January, it was reported that he had been critically injured in a similar attack and last week, ISIS fighters surrendered the Iraqi town of Baaj, which has served as one of the leader’s hideouts and is located west of Mosul near the Iraqi-Syrian border.
It is thought that Baghdadi fled Mosul for good before Iraqi forces, with US backing, carried out a major assault on Iraq’s second city in October 2016.
Baghdadi was born in Samarra, Iraq, in 1971 and reportedly joined the extremist movement in 2003 following the US invasion of Iraq. The hate preacher has not been seen in public since carrying out a sermon in Mosul’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri July 1994.