Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the longtime Islamic State leader, has been killed by US-led airstrikes in Syria.
The country’s state media is reporting that the world’s most wanted terrorist was hit with heavy artillery fire while in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.
They report that it’s possible the terrorist leader was killed by “white phosphorous” bombing campaigns led by coalition forces through the IS-controlled region last week.
A dramatic video was released showing the white phosphorous bombing campaign raining down on the city.
Some human rights groups are claiming as many as 13 civilians have been killed in the bombing campaign over the last 24 hours.
Al-Baghdadi had a $25 million bounty on his head for his hate-filled sermons that have inspired attacks both across Europe and around the world.
While officials are relatively certain of his death, it would not be the first time a report was made, The Sun reports.
The official media wing of ISIS, Amaq, has not confirmed the news of the leader’s death.
The activist collective in Syria, Raqqa24, reported an airstrike in the Raqqa that killed at least seven civilians on Saturday, but made no mention of al-Baghdadi.
Intelligence agencies believed the jihadist group leader was hiding in a desert on the outskirts of besieged city Mosul before fleeing to ISIS’s de facto capital Raqqa when the Iraqi army pushed forward.
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