June 14: The chief of the formidable radical Islamist terror group Islamic State or Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been reportedly killed, said the group’s Arabic mouthpiece al-Amaq. Baghdadi was earlier said to be on the move by the US media. CNN had reported earlier that Baghdadi, instead of being holed up inside the self-declared capital of the group, Raqqa, Syria, was constantly moving, to escape being killed or captured by pro-establishment and anti-ISIS coalition forces. Also Read - Islamic State Group Names Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi as The New Successor of Baghdadi

On Monday, media reports suggested that Baghdadi was killed in an airstrike that took place on Sunday, by a US-led coalition, near Raqqa in Northern Syria. A statement by al-Amaq said, ”Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by coalition airstrikes on Raqqa on the fifth day of Ramadan”. However, no official confirmation has come from the coalition forces themselves. On Monday, Iraqi news channel ’Al-Sumaria’ had also reported that Baghdadi had been wounded in a coalition-led strike on Sunday. ALSO READ: ISIS Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was a normal family man, ideal father: Ex-wife Also Read - Baghdadi Uses Arms & Ammunition to Spread Terror, Owaisi Through His 'Zabaan', Says Wasim Rizvi

Al-Sumaira said that the strike had taken place at a location about 65 Kms away from ISIS occupied city of Mosul. According to the CNN report, US government officials across departments had confirmed that Baghdadi was on the run. However, they also admitted that the US had as to his whereabouts. They also said that Baghdadi was practicing what they called  “extraordinary operational security” to keep his current location secret. For months, the most popular theory was that Baghdadi was hunkered in a particular building in Raqqa, located in probably one of the densely populated areas of Raqqa. Also Read - Turkey Claims to Have Captured Former IS Chief Baghdadi's Wife