Date
24 May 2017
A file photo of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State. Photo: AFP
A file photo of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State. Photo: AFP

Iraq air strike kills IS officials but Baghdadi status unknown

An Iraqi air strike on a convoy of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has killed several senior figures of the jihadist organization Sunday, but Baghdadi himself is not believed to be among the dead.

Reuters cited an unidentified American military official in Baghdad as saying that the US has not seen any indications Baghdadi was killed or injured during the operation.

Earlier, Iraqi military said in a statement that it its air force has “bombed the convoy of the terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi while he was heading to Karbala to attend a meeting with (IS) commanders”.

“The location of the meeting was also bombed and many of the group’s leaders were killed and wounded. The fate of murderer al-Baghdadi is unknown and he was carried away by a vehicle. His health condition is still unclear,” the military said.

The announcement was the latest unconfirmed report of the possible death or injury of Baghdadi, who has survived a year of US-led air strikes and multi-sided wars in two countries since proclaiming himself caliph of all Muslims.

A Twitter site which publishes statements from IS said “rumors” that an air strike had targeted Baghdadi were false.

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