Moscow, June 16: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS has been killed along with other militants in an air strike, claimed Russia. The air strike by Russia was carried out on May 28 and targeted a meeting of ISIS militants near the Syrian city of Raqqa. Russia’s Defence Ministry on Friday said the air strike may have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and scores of other ISIS militants. Also Read - Viral Video: Men Climb Burning Building to Save 3 Children From Fire, Hailed as Heroes | Watch

“According to the information which is now being checked via various channels, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was eliminated by the air strike, was also present at the meeting,” RIA news agency quoted the ministry as saying. Also Read - International Travel All Set to Resume For Vaccinated Tourists, Singapore And Malaysia Still Hesitant

Iraqi national Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi broke away from al-Qaeda in 2013, two years after its leader Osama bin Laden was killed. After studying Islamic Theology in Baghdad, Bhagdadi joined the Salaafi jihadist insurgency in 2003, the year of the US-led invasion of Iraq. He was caught by the Americans who released him about a year later as they considered him then as a civilian rather than a military target. Also Read - BEL vs RUS Dream11 Team Prediction, EURO 2020 Group B Match: Fantasy Football Tips & Playing 11 Updates for Today’s Euro 2020 Match at Gazprom Arena, Saturday 12th June, 12:30 PM IST