IS leader’s con­voy hit, says Iraq’s mil­i­tary

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Iraq’s air force has hit a con­voy of Is­lamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi, a mil­i­tary state­ment says.

The fate of the IS leader was un­known, it said. The strike has not been in­de­pen­dently con­firmed.

The at­tack is said to have hap­pened in western An­bar province, near the Syr­ian bor­der.

There have pre­vi­ously been re­ports that the IS leader has been killed or se­ri­ously in­jured in at­tacks, but none was sub­se­quently con­firmed.

The Iraqi air force “bombed the con­voy of the ter­ror­ist Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi while he was head­ing to Karabla to at­tend a meet­ing” with Daesh (IS) com­man­ders”, Sun­day’s state­ment said.

“The lo­ca­tion of the meet­ing was also bombed and many of the group’s lead­ers were killed and wounded,” it added.

Ru­mours about Bagh­dadi’s death sur­faced ear­lier this year, af­ter re­ports that he had been se­ri­ously wounded in an air strike in March by the USled coali­tion that is op­pos­ing IS.

Re­ports that he was in­jured in 2014 were in­ac­cu­rate.

Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi was filmed in Mo­sul last year.

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