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US Airstrikes Hit Convoy Of IS Leaders, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi May Have Been Injured

08/11/2014 21:48 GMT | Updated 08/11/2014 22:59 GMT

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-appointed leader of the Islamic State (IS), may have been injured in a US airstrike, according to reports.

American ordnance hit a 10-vehicle armed convoy close to Mosul on Saturday. US military spokesman Colonel Patrick Ryder said that that Central Command believed the convoy was carrying top IS leaders, though “Caliph” al-Baghdadi’s presence has not been confirmed.

Local witnesses told Al Arabiya that he was injured in the attack, though this remains unconfirmed.

A US military statement confirmed that trucks had been destroyed, demonstrating “the pressure we continue to place on the IS terrorist network".

Al-Baghdadi was last spotted in Mosul in June, attending a mosque in the city.

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