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