MOSCOW – The head the defence committee in the Russian upper house of parliament of Viktor Ozerov has stated Friday the chances that Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in airstrike are close to 100 percent.

Interfax news agency quoted Viktor stating: “I think this information is close to 100 percent,” the agency quoted Ozerov as saying. “The fact that Islamic State has still not shown him anywhere also adds to our confidence that al-Baghdadi has been killed.”

Earlier this week, the Russian army said in a statement that Sukhoi warplanes carried out a 10-minute night-time strike early on May 28 at a location near Raqa, where IS leaders had gathered to plan a pullout by militants from the group’s stronghold.

“According to information which is being checked through various channels, the leader of ISIL Ibrahim Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi was also present at the meeting and was eliminated by the strike,” it said. ISIL is an acronym for the so-called IS group, also known as ISIS and Daesh.

 

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