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May Have Killed ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi in Air Strikes, Says Russia

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would have been his first public appearance, at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video.  Credit: Reuters/Social Media Website via Reuters TV/File Photo

Moscow: Russia’s defence ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May, Russian news agencies reported.

The air strike, targeted a meeting of ISIS leaders and was carried out on May 28, the agencies cited the ministry as saying.

“According to the information which ISIS now being checked via various channels, ISIS 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.