IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may be dead.(File Photo) Photograph: (Reuters)
After Russia's foreign ministry said yesterday there was a "high degree of certainty that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead", Russia's Interfax news agency quoted the head of defence committee declaring that the IS leader is "close to 100 per cent" been killed, Reuters reported.
Viktor Ozerov, the head of defence committee told Reuters the defence ministry would not have released information about Baghdadi's death if it believed it could be later proved incorrect.
"I think this information is close to 100 per cent," Ozerov told Interfax.
"The fact that Islamic State has still not shown him anywhere also adds to our confidence that al-Baghdadi has been killed," he added with some conviction.
However, the US hasn't corroborated his death and the IS has not released any statement on Baghdadi.
Last Friday, the Russian Army had said the Islamic State leader was killed in an airstrike in Syria last month, however, it was still seeking to clarify his death. In a statement, the army had said Sukhoi warplanes carried out a 10-minute night-time strike on May 28 at a location near Raqa, where IS leaders had gathered to plan a pullout by militants from the group's stronghold.
The Iraq-born world's most-wanted man has been rumoured wounded or killed a number of times in the past.