Thirteen top Islamic State (IS) leaders, including five high-ranking military commanders, have been executed on the orders of the group’s chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after a failed coup attempt to topple him, a media report has said.
“For the first time there has been an attempt to depose Abu Bakr al-Baghadi,” London-based Arabic language Alaraby Aljadeed newspaper reported, quoting Syrian and Iraqi sources.
Islamic State, meanwhile, also destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra in Syria that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said.
The statement came as the Syrian government forces carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, aiming to repel a major Islamist-led offensive on areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad. Atleast 100 militants are said to have been killed by the government forces.
As this offensive continued, it was also reported that, Boko Haram waged fresh attacks in Nigeria, killing dozens of people.