Moscow: Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May, Russian news agencies reported.
The air strike, targeted a meeting of IS leaders and was carried out on May 28, the agencies cited the ministry as saying.
“According to the information which is now being checked via various channels, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was eliminated by the air strike, was also present at the meeting,” RIA news agency quoted the ministry as saying.
The reports claimed that Baghdadi was killed in the terrorist group’s stronghold in Raqqa.
It’s not, however, the first time the leader of ISIS has been reported dead. Previous reports claimed that he had been seriously wounded in airstrikes in northern Iraq.