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June 14, 2016

ISIS leader al-Baghdadi killed in air strike: Media reports

ROME: The Islamic State (IS) group’s chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reportedly been killed in air strikes on IS’s stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria carried out by the coalition forces led by the United States.

According to a report published on Monday in the Turkish daily Yeni Safak, which cited Arabic media as its source, Baghdadi was killed in air raids conducted in Syria on Sunday.

The daily said local media was citing the news agency al-Amaq, which leans towards the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS.

"Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by coalition air strikes on Raqqa on the fifth day of Ramadan," the daily quoted the agency as saying in a statement released on behalf of ISIS to report that the self-proclaimed "Caliph" had died.

However, the U.S.-led coalition, which reportedly carried out the air raid in the northern Syrian city, is yet to make a statement.