The so-called Islamic State have reportedly confirmed that their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is dead.
Over the past few months, reports of al-Baghdadi’s death have been rife with both Syrian state sources and Russian military ‘confirming’ the death.
Now it appears to be entirely legitimate, with the Al Sumaria TV channel claiming the leader was killed within the Iraqi province of Nineveh, according to Iraqi News.
The cause of his death is yet to be confirmed.
After the spread of hate-filled sermons that have reportedly inspired suicide attack across Europe, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had a £20 million bounty on his head.
Recent evidence unearthed for a documentary shows how Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi escaped capture in Iraq in 2013 before sending an army of jihadis to different parts of the world.
Baghdadi’s alleged death comes as his terror group suffer losses across the bulk of their former territory.
Just two days ago it was revealed by the Iraqi army that ISIS had been defeated in Mosul – where thousands of jihadis had been living since 2014.
ISIS have also reversed a ban on speaking of al-Baghdadi’s death – a ban which meant 50 lashes or even a barbaric execution for merely talking of his demise.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.