The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced on Tuesday that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.

According to the human rights monitor, top Islamic State commanders confirmed their leader’s death on Tuesday.

“Top tier commanders from IS who are present in Deir Ezzor province have confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emir of the Islamic State group, to the Observatory,” Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Observatory, told AFP.

The IS sources did not clarify if al-Baghdadi was killed in Deir Ezzor, which has been “largely under IS control,” according to Al-Monitor.

The terrorist leader’s alleged death came days after the Iraqi army recaptured Mosul, which had been taken over by IS militants nearly three years ago.

At the time of publication, al-Baghdadi’s death has not been confirmed by sources other than the Observatory.

It would be recalled that in June, the Russian military said it possibly killed the IS leader in an air strike in Syria. The Russian military could not verify whether or not he was killed.

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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