Amidst al-Baghdadi's death speculations, IS leader al-Shamy spotted in Syrian city after airstrike

Key IS leader spotted in Syrian city
Beirut, Nov 11: A key Islamic State (IS) leader, Abu Anas al-Shamy, was seen moving about publicly in the Syrian city of Al-Bukamal, on the border with Iraq, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Al-Shamy was seen in the city located in Deir al-Zour province along with many of his followers, who evidently were providing security for him, after news reports said he had been killed in an international coalition attack on Friday.

[Read: Post reports of Baghdadi's death, is ISIS leadership in jeopardy?]

According to the observatory's report Monday, at least nine bodies and 34 wounded people were taken to the hospital in Al-Qa'em, close to Al-Bukamal, after an airstrike by the US-led coalition on the village of Al-Ramana. The attack targeted a building where IS leaders were holding a meeting.

The observatory's sources did not reveal whether IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was among those killed or wounded in the attack.

A Pentagon spokesman confirmed that coalition warplanes targeted the meeting near the city of Mosul and destroyed a convoy of 10 trucks being used by the IS personnel.

The IS proclaimed a caliphate in areas under its control in Iraq and Syria last June.


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