ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi May Have Been Killed, Russia Says

MOSCOW — Russia said Friday it believes one of its airstrikes may have killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The militant commander’s death has been rumored many times before.

The country’s defense ministry said on Facebook that it was checking information related to the attack, which it said targeted a meeting of senior ISIS figures near the group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa on May 28.

It said around 30 field commanders and 300 militants were killed by Su-35 and Su-34 fighter jets. Baghdadi may have been at the meeting, the defense ministry added.

Image: A man purported to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

A man purported to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in Mosul, Iraq, in July 2014.