ISIS Leader AL-Baghdadi ‘injured in airstrike’ by US bomber on Syria


ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been wounded in air strikes, it has been reported.

An Iraqi TV channel claims al-Baghdadi, who is believed to be in besieged ISIS 'capital' Raqqa, was hurt by a bomb released from a US-led coalition aircraft.

A spokesman of the coalition, Colonel Chris Garver, said in an email that he had seen the reports but had "nothing to confirm this at this time".

Al Sumariya TV cited local sources in Iraq's Nineveh province that Baghdadi and other Islamic State leaders were wounded on Thursday in a coalition air strike on one of the group's command headquarters close to the Syrian border.

Officials are yet to confirm whether ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is still in the city but say they are monitoring intelligence suggesting he could be in other locations.

A US defence official told CNN: "Baghdadi remains extremely careful [about his personal security]."