Baghdad, Apr 21: In what could be termed as a severe blow to the dreaded terror outfit Islamic State (ISIS), media reports on Tuesday claimed that its chief Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has been seriously injured in the air strikes by the US-led coalition.
As per a report published in the Guardian, the ISIS chief received serious 'life-threatening' injuries in March when the US-led air strikes targetted ISIS positions in western Iraq. Since then he has not been able to oversee the daily affairs of the ISIS.
"Baghdadi's wounds were 'at first life-threatening, but he has since made a slow recovery'," added the report.
Top ISIS leaders hurtled to decide on a new name to lead the outfit as they thought Baghdadi would not live.
Similar reports of Baghdadi being "seriously injured" in US-led air strikes came up in November last year as well. But later such reports were debunked after Baghdadi made his appearance.
Senior Iraqi officials then said that the ISIS leader could have been wounded, but his right-hand aide Auf Abdulrahman Elefery had perished during the air strike.
Taking to the social media, the ISIS militants said that their leader was not travelling in the same convoy as that of Elefery.
Feared IS chief Baghdadi carries a USD 10 million bounty on his head.
The ISIS recently carried out mass execution in Iraq's Anbar province, executing over 300 people of a tribe that had joined the fight against the Islamic State.