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Reports suggest ISIL leader wounded in airstrike

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Reports suggest ISIL leader wounded in airstrike


Iraqi military officials said they were still investigating reports that the leader of militant group ISIL had been injured.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has a reward worth 8 million euros on his head, is said to have been wounded in an airstrike in Iraq’s Anbar province.

A Iraqi military spokesman did not specifically confirm that al-Baghdadi was among those killed or wounded.

“The intelligence cooperation between the defence and interior ministries has resulted in dealing a fatal blow to the terrorist groups in the Qaim District,” said Brigadier General Saad Maan Ibrahim. “An airstrike attack (in the region) led to the killing or injury of important figures within the organisation.’‘

Al-Baghdadi’s fighters have seized large parts of Syria and Iraq. They have killed thousands of people, beheaded Westerners and drawn US-led troops and warplanes back into the region.

The United States said it had no immediate information to indicate al-Baghdadi had been hit.

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