The Russian defense ministry says it believes it may have killed the Isis leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in an air strike south of Raqqa, Syria. In a statement, the ministry said it was still seeking confirmation following the strike in late May.
The air strike targeted a meeting of Isis leaders on 28 May, Russian news agencies cited the defense ministry as saying.
“According to the information which is now being checked via various channels, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was eliminated by the air strike, was also present at the meeting,” RIA news agency quoted the ministry as saying.
Baghdadi rose to international prominence when he declared the territories occupied by the Isis militancy a so-called “caliphate” during a rare public appearance in Mosul in the summer of 2014. There have been multiple previous unverified reports of his death.