A Russian airstrike allegedly killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi south of Raqqa, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.
According to the ministry, the Russian Aerospace Forces bombed the ISIS military council in southern Raqqah on May 28.
“According to information that is checked through various channels, IS [ISIS] leader Ibrahim Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed as a result of the strike, was also present at the meeting,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that “As a result of the Su-35 and Su-34 airstrikes, high-ranking commanders of the terrorist groups who were part of the so-called IS military council, as well as about 30 mid-level field commanders and up to 300 militants of their personal security, have been killed.”
The verification is ongoing.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said that the report still has to be confirmed.