Islamic State leader believed to be dead after airstrike

Iraqi security officials confirmed that Islamic State extremists leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was severely wounded, possibly dead, after airstrike carried-out by US-led coalition. The coalition assaulted a convoy of at least 10 vehicles near Mosul, capital of Nineveh, north of Iraq.

According to intelligence report, 45 extremists were killed and wounded by the airstrikes. Iraq government also confirmed that the right hand of IS leader, Auf Abdulrahman Elefery, died during the aerial attacks.

On the other hand, IS claims that only Elefery died during the said assault and that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is not with the convoy.

However, reports said that al-Baghdadi is rarely moving without Elefery. “It’s for this reason that it could be possible that Baghdadi was with him at the time of the attack,” another Iraqi official told Daily Telegraph.

The coalition said it can take several days to confirm whether the IS leader was ready dead or badly wounded. “I can’t absolutely confirm that Baghdadi has been killed. Probably it will take some days to have absolute confirmation,” Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces General Nicholas Houghton told the UK based newspaper.