The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group’s alleged leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in an air raid in Syria by the US-led coalition, reports said on Monday.
Baghdadi died in an air strike on IS’s stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria, Iranian state media and pro-government Turkish daily Yenis Safak said, citing IS-affiliated Arabic news agency al-Amaq.
The statement published by Amaq said IS’s ‘Caliph’ Baghdadi had been killed on Sunday, according to the media reports.
“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by coalition airstrikes on Raqqa on the fifth day of Ramadan,” said the statement.
The coalition did not immediately comment on the report.
Earlier on Monday, Iraqi TV channel ‘Al-Sumaria’ said that Baghadi had been wounded on Sunday in a coalition air strike on a location 65 kilometres west of the IS-held city of Mosul.
US TV network CNN on Monday cited US defence officials as saying they received credible intelligence that Baghdadi, who has a $25 million bounty on his head, has moved around within the past six months and had travelled to Mosul.
According to a BBC report he was born in 1971, in Samarra, north Baghdad. Some believe that he was attracted to the militant jihadi ideology, after he was detained along with some al qaeda members, in a US facility in southern Iraq. His emergence as the top of the terrorist outfit ISIS was very rapid after he quit the job of a cleric in a mosque in Iraq. His companions think that he shot in to the fame and the leadership of the most brutal terror outfit, due to his stubborn attitudes and cold-blooded acts. In the initial time of his emergence as IS leader, he was on the news after he negated the leadership of al-Qaeda, Al- Zawahiri.