July 3, 2018 4:29 pm

Son of Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi killed in Syria: IS news channel

Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivers a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance.

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A son of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in the city of Homs in Syria, the group’s news channel reported on Tuesday.

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“Hudayfah al-Badri … the son of the Caliph… was killed in an operation against the Nusayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs,” the statement said. The word Nusayriyyah refers to Syria’s Alawite community.

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The report comes less than two weeks after Iraq conducted an air strike on three houses in the Syrian town of Hajin where Islamic State leaders were meeting, killing 45 members of the militant group.

Those killed included the group’s “deputy war minister”, one of its “media emirs”, al-Baghdadi’s personal courier and its chief of police.

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