ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi hit by spinal injury, says reports

London, May 2: Refuting earlier report of death of Islamic State (ISIS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a new media report has claimed that he suffered spinal injury.

ISIS which has captured large swathes and Iraq and Syria is currently functioning under the leadership of former Al-Qaeda veteran Abu Alaa al-Afri.

Baghdadi suffered spinal injury

Baghdadi suffered spinal injuries in air strikes in Nineveh, Iraq in March. According to media reports, he is being treated in Mosul which was captured by ISIS in June 2014.

Mosul is the second largest city of the Iraq.

However, the exact condition of al-Baghdadi's health is yet to be verified. Following the March air-strike in question, the Pentagon denied knowing that al-Baghdadi was present in the area targeted.

Last month, the Radio Iran has claimed that ISIS chief Baghdadi, who was reportedly injured in bombing, has now been killed. However, the news of his death could not be verified.

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A bounty worth $10 million has been imposed by the US on the al-Baghdadi's head.

Despite a spate of coalition strikes on ISIS in Iraq and Syria since August last year, the extremists continue to advance and unleash bloodshed and terror. The US-led coalition has launched more than 1,000 air strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq since the campaign began on 8 August, 2014.

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