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Air strikes may have killed IS leader Baghdadi, says Russia

Jun 16, 2017, 7:14 AM EDT
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, painted portrait
(Source: thierry ehrmann/flickr)

Russia’s defense ministry said on Friday that it is verifying the inputs that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been killed in an airstrike conducted on May 28 in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Russia says that the air raid targeted the military council members of IS that have gathered to attend a meeting in northern Syria’s Raqqa, writes Reuters. Russian authorities claim that around 330 IS recruits were eliminated in that offensive.

Baghdadi, who carries a reward of $10m on his head, was last seen in a video that surfaced in 2014, where he was heard delivering sermons, notes the BBC.