Russia’s military claims Islamic State Leader Abubakar Baghdadi may have been killed


Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May, Russian news agencies reported.

The air strike, targeted a meeting of IS leaders and was carried out on May 28, the agencies cited the ministry as saying. “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.This is developing story and will be updated.

Islamic State claims responsibility for London attack

LONDON: Islamic State claimed on Sunday responsibility for Saturday night’s attack in London which killed seven people and wounded dozens, the militant group’s agency Amaq said on Sunday.
“A detachment of Islamic State fighters executed yesterday’s London attack,” a statement posted on Amaq’s media page, monitored in Cairo, said.

Three attackers rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby on Saturday night before police shot them dead.

7 dead, dozens injured in London Bridge attack

Police ended the violence by shooting and killing the assailants just eight minutes after they received the first reports of the bridge incident.

Police haven’t released the identities of the three men. At least one of the men was born in Pakistan, a Western security official said. It wasn’t clear when the man came to Britain or whether he had acquired British citizenship.

Twelve people were arrested Sunday in Barking, East London, in connection with the attacks, and authorities were carrying out raids in a nearby neighborhood.

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