The dreaded terrorist and chief of Islamic State (IS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reportedly dead, according to media reports.
Quoting Radio Iran, All India Radio tweeted saying “Leader of the ISIS terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died.” Baghdadi is said to have died in an Israeli hospital in Golan Heights, according to Radio Iran.
Leader of the #ISIS terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died: Radio Iran
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) April 27, 2015
The Guardian had reported last week that Baghdadi had received serious life-threatening injuries during a US-led airstrike in March and that the strike had left him seriously wounded.
The report added that Baghdadi was no more in control of daily operations of ISIS as he had not been able to recover.
However, there were similar reports of Baghdadi being “seriously injured” in US-led air strikes last year, but they were not confirmed.
The Pentagon had refuted the latest report of Baghdadi being injured, saying there was no evidence to prove that the ISIS chief had suffered injuries when the US-led coalition planes bombarded the al-Baaj a district of Nineveh, near Syrian border on March 18.
The ISIS overran a huge swathe of Iraq and Syria in June last year and established the so-called “Islamic State” across occupied areas and anointed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its caliph.
Declaring the Caliphate, Baghdadi who rarely makes public appearances, appeared at a mosque in July, demanding all Muslims to pledge allegiance to him.
The US has imposed a bounty worth $10 million on the al-Baghdadi’s head.