Leader of Islamic militant group, Isis, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed, Saturday in a United States special forces raid in north-western Syria, ABC News can report.
“Last night the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” US President Donald Trump said at a televised press conference on Sunday morning.
The fugitive leader who came to prominence in 2014 after announcing the creation of a “caliphate” in areas of Iraq and Syria was the target of a commando operations in Idlib province, which borders Turkey in north-west Syria.
According to a report by British newspaper, The Financial Times, US President Trump said Baghdadi was killed while trying to hide in a tunnel “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way”.
IS carried out a number of atrocities that resulted in thousands of deaths.
The jihadist group imposed a brutal rule on almost eight million people in the areas under its control and was behind a number of attacks in cities around the world. The US declared the “caliphate” defeated earlier this year.
The BBC also reports that the deceased, real name, Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim al-Badri, had a reputation as a highly organized and ruthless battlefield tactician. He was described as the world’s most wanted man.
Born in 1971 near Samarra, north of Baghdad, some reports suggest he was a cleric in a mosque in the city around the time of the US-led invasion in 2003.
Some believe he was already a jihadist during the rule of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
In October 2011, the US officially designated him a “terrorist” and offered a reward of $10m (£5.8m at the time) for information leading to his capture or death.
This was increased to $25m in 2017.