New Delhi | April 27, 2015
According to Radio Iran, Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead following injuries from an air strike against an Iraqi target last month. Earlier, The Guardian had reported that Baghdadi had suffered life threatening injuries in a US-led coalition air strike in March.
Two officials – a western diplomat and an Iraqi adviser – confirmed the strike took place on March 18 in the al-Baaj a district of Nineveh, close to the Syrian border, The Guardian reported.
“Yes, he was wounded in al-Baaj near the village of Umm al-Rous on 18 March with a group that was with him,” Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi official who advises Iraq on IS, was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
Baghdadi has made a slow recovery since then. He, however, has not resumed day-to-day control of the organisation.
In October 2011, the US State Department had listed Baghdadi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and announced a reward of up to USD 10 million for information leading to his capture or death.