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Iraqi intelligence cell says Baghdadi seriously wounded, cannot move without assistance

The Islamic State supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State’s supreme leader was seriously wounded that he became paralyzed, the Iraqi Interior Ministry’s Falcon Intelligence Cell said on Monday.

“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was injured in one of our operations in July of last year. He was directly wounded that he was taken to hospital. He still suffers from the wound,” Abu Ali al-Basri, head of the cell, told Alghad Press.

“The injury was caused by a Russian airstrike that targeted a meeting for Baghdadi in Syria,” he added. “We have all the details and information about the wound as well as his health condition. However, revealing the details will negatively affect us.”

Baghdadi, according to Basri, may not die due to his injury, however, his health condition does not allow him to be the leader as before. He barely moves without help.

Last week, news reports mentioned that Baghdadi is included in a new list of 60 persons sought by Iraqi security authorities for terrorism-related charges.

The Russian agency Sputnik quoted, in January, several experts in Islamist groups affairs as saying that Baghdadi is likely to be in Africa, being the safest place at the meantime for the militant group.

In October, Pentagon said it believes Baghdadi was still alive.



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