Russian Federation has no information on Baghdadi's fate

High degree of certainty IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is dead Russian foreign ministry

Russia's Foreign Ministry said there was a "high degree of probability" that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an airstrike at the end of May.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said she did not have anything to say when asked to comment on the possible death of Baghdadi in Syria last month.

Earlier, the Russian army had said it 'may have killed' Baghdadi in a 10-minute strike early on May 28 at a location near Raqqa, where IS leaders had gathered to plan a pullout by militants from the group's stronghold.

"I think this information is close to 100 percent", the agency quoted Ozerov as saying. "We certainly would welcome the death of al-Baghdadi, but we do not have any definitive proof to lead us believe that this is accurate".

Last Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that Baghdadi had been presumably killed by the airstrike on Raqqa's southern suburbs carried out by Russian warplanes.

There have been a number of previous reports of Baghdadi's death or him being critically injured by US-led coalition air strikes.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister confirmed on Thursday that the country believed it killed the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State (IS) terror group in a May air strike.

Meanwhile, a suicide bomber blew himself up yesterday among civilians fleeing Mosul's Old City, where Iraqi forces are gaining ground against jihadists mounting a fierce but desperate defence.

"That said, we don't have any concrete evidence on whether or not he's dead, either", Colonel Dillon said of Mr. Baghdadi, who has been the subject of a three-year manhunt.

The U.S Department of State has designated Baghdadi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). ISIL is an acronym for the so-called IS group, also known as ISIS and Daesh.

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