A report by state-run Radio Iran about the purported death of Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi created a buzz on social media on Monday though there was no confirmation from any credible source.
Radio Iran reported that al-Baghdadi had “died in an Israeli hospital in the occupied Golan Heights where he had been hospitalised for treatment after sustaining severe injuries during a joint attack of the Iraqi army and popular forces”.
, quoted sources as saying that al-Baghdadi “has been declared by his Israeli physicians and surgeons as to be now ‘clinically dead’”.
The report did not state when al-Baghdadi had died.
The report further said members of IS in Iraq had sworn allegiance to a leader named Abdul Rahman al-Sheijlar alias Abu Ala Afri as Baghdadi's successor.
Radio Iran attributed the information about al-Baghdadi’s purported death to two Iraqi news agencies, Alghad Press and Al-Youm Al-Thamen, and sources in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
The state-run All India Radio (AIR) posted
that quoted Radio Iran.
AIR also tweeted about the development from its official handle.
Leader of the #ISIS terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died: Radio Iran— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) April 27, 2015
The Guardian had recently reported that the terrorist leader was targeted in an airstrike in western Iraq, close to the Syria border, on March 18.
Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi official who advises the government in Baghdad on IS, told the Guardian: “Yes, he was wounded in al-Baaj near the village of Umm al-Rous on 18 March with a group that was with him.”
However, the BBC reported there were conflicting reports about the fate of al-Baghdadi. While an Iraqi interior ministry spokesman told the BBC that al-Baghdadi was seriously wounded in a "coalition" air strike, the Pentagon said it had no information on his fate. Reports last year of the terrorist leader being injured were inaccurate.