Middle East

ISIS leader Baghdadi probably not in struck convoy

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, addressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. AFP PHOTO / HO / AL-FURQAN MEDIA

CAIRO: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was probably not in a convoy hit by air strikes near the Syrian border Sunday, senior Iraqi security officials said Monday.

Iraq's military had said that the reclusive Baghdadi was taken away in a car after the assault on his entourage in a town near the Syrian border.

But one of the senior security officials said preliminary information now indicated the convoy actually carried lower ranking ISIS figures, led by Abu Saad al-Karbouli, a senior local ISIS policeman.

"After assessing all information we received from our sources, it's more likely that the convoy we struck was not carrying Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," said one of the officials.

"We are still carrying out extensive efforts to clarify the situation."

This was at least the third time there has been an attack on Baghdadi's entourage.





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