Speculation is mounting that the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was indeed killed in a US led airstrike on Friday.
On Sunday senior Iraqi officials confirmed that the leader of the Islamic State group was at the very least wounded in the coalition attack and said that the terror chief’s right hand man, Auf Abdulrahman Elefery, had perished during the aerial assault.
Elefery, who is known by his code name Abu Suja, died when planes hit an ISIS convoy near Mosul in northern Iraq.
However, conflicting reports surround the fate of Baghdadi.
ISIS members have taken to social media to claim that he was not traveling in the same convoy that claimed Elefery’s life, while other sources have stated that the feared warlord was killed or seriously injured in the airstrike.
An Iraqi security official, Hisham al-Hashimi, told the UK’s Daily Telegraph that Elefery was ‘Baghdadi’s very close companion’ and was killed in the attack which destroyed up to 10 vehicles.