The Russian defence ministry are currently launching an investigation to confirm whether the ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdad was killed in an airstrike. The ministry stated that the airstrike was carried out on the 28th of May.
It said the airstrike was targeted at a meeting held by ISIS leaders in the groups capital of Raqqa, in northern Syria. There have been previous reports of Baghdadi’s death, which were not confirmed by official sources.
A statement by Russia’s defence ministry published by the state-funded Sputnik news agency said 30 IS commanders and up to 300 soldiers were at the Raqqa meeting. The statement stated that Baghdadi who was killed by the strike was present at the event.
Baghdadi’s whereabouts have been unknown for some time, although he was believed to be in Mosul in Iraq before a US-led coalition began an effort to reclaim the city in October 2016.
Colonel John Dorrian, a spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting IS, said the US could not confirm whether Baghdadi had been killed.