The Russian military claims it has killed the leader of the Islamic State group in an airstrike.

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was killed on 28 May along with other senior group commanders, according to the Russian defence ministry. The Russian military said that the strike targeted an IS meeting held on the outskirts of Raqqa as IS leaders gathered to discuss the group’s withdrawal from their de facto capital.

More than 300 fighters were killed by the air raids, including 30 mid-level militant leaders.

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