MOSCOW – The Russian army stated on Friday that it may have killed the Chief of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an airstrike in Syria last month.
Russian army’s statement said Sukhoi warplanes carried out a 10-minute night-time strike on May 28 at a location near Raqa, where IS leaders had gathered to plan a pullout by militants from the group’s stronghold.
“Senior commanders of the military groups of the so-called IS military council, 30 mid-ranking field commanders and up to 300 militants who provided security for them were eliminated,” it said.
“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,” the statement said.
ISIL is an acronym for the so-called IS group, also known as ISIS and Daesh.
The US has been informed about the attack, the statement added.