Russia says they may have killed ISIS leader 

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 16 Jun 2017, 20:08:10
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Russia says they may have killed ISIS leader 

Russia's Defence Ministry says it is investigating reports that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in one of its airstrikes in Syria last month.

The airstrike on May 28 was carried out on the outskirts of the militant group's de facto capital Raqqa, on a command post where ISIS leaders were meeting, according to a ministry statement.

"According to information that is being verified through various channels, the leader of ISIS ... Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was also present at the meeting and was killed as a result of the strike," the ministry said, reports CNN.

US defence officials said they were unable to confirm the reports. Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the US-led coalition's operation against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, said the coalition "cannot confirm these reports at this time."

There have been multiple reports of Baghdadi's death in the past that have turned out to be false.

The Russian statement said that the strike targeted ISIS leaders as they met to discuss their exit from the city through the so-called southern corridor. It also claimed that about 30 mid-level field commanders and up to 300 militants acting as bodyguards were also present.

The airstrike was carried out following drone footage confirmation of the meeting location, the statement said.
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