It’s “highli likely” that Russian airstrikes eliminated ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last month, the Russian state-run news agency Sputniknews reported, citing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov.
“According to the Russian Defense Ministry, it is highly likely that IS [ISIS] leader al-Baghdadi was eliminated as a result of a Russian Aerospace Forces strike on the militant command post in the southern suburb of the city of Raqqa in late May this year,” the agency quoted Syromolotov.
The Russian official added that the “information is now verified through various channels.”
Earlier this month, reports appeared that the Russian Aerospace Forces allegedly killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in southern Raqqah. However, these reports were described as unconfirmed.