ISIS Claims Son Of 'Caliph' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Killed In Syria

| July 4 , 2018 , 12:33 IST

The Islamic State (ISIS) militant group in a statement on Tuesday claimed that Hudhayfah Al-Badri, the son of 'Caliph' or leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in the city of Homs in Syria.

A son of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in the city of Homs in Syria, the group’s news channel reported on Tuesday.

"Hudhayfah Al Badri the son of the Caliph, was killed in an Inghimasi operation against the Nusayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs district," the statement read, along with an image of Al-Badri, showing him as a young teen holding an assault rifle.

An Inghimasi operation refers to a targeted operation while the word Nusayriyyah refers to the Alawite community in Syria.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate to rule over all Muslims from a mosque in Mosul in 2014, but has been reported to be dead several times since then. Most recently on July 11, 2017 the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said that it had information from top ISIS group leaders confirming the death of the terrorist organisation's chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

"Top tier commanders from ISIS who are present in Deir Ezzor province have confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emir of the ISIS group, to the Observatory," director Rami Abdel Rahman had said to news agencies.

"We learned of it today but we do not know when he died or how," Rahman added.

The Islamic State has lost a considerable amount of territory in recent years, however, it has been making efforts expanding in Afghanistan which is already facing trouble from the Taliban militant group.