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11/10/2015 15:41 BST | Updated 11/10/2015 15:59 BST

Isis Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Hit In Airstrike On Military Convoy, Iraq Air Force Claims

Iraq's Air Force claim to have hit a military convoy carrying the leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Iraq.

A statement from the military said the strike happened in the Iraqi province of Anbar, but officials said it was unclear if al-Baghdadi had been killed.

The whereabouts of al-Baghdadi, who has declared himself the leader of an Isis-controlled caliphate in Iraq and Syria, have been unknown for long periods, and there have been previous claims that he has been killed. But those claims were never verified or were subsequently denied.

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Iraq's Air Force has claimed to have hit a military convey carrying Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The Mail Online reported that Iraqi jets targeted the convoy as it was travelling for a meeting close to the Syrian border in Western Anbar on Sunday. The statement, however, did not say when the strike took place.

The location of the meeting was also struck by the Iraqi Air Force, who claimed "many of the group's leaders were killed and wounded".

Karabla is located on the Euphrates river around three miles from the border with Syria.

Iraq's defence ministry spokesman has reportedly confirmed that it is unclear if the convoy was definitely carrying al-Baghdadi at the time, the Mail reported.

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