ISIS says leader’s son killed fighting in Syria

The Islamic State says the son of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed fighting government forces in Syria. An announcement posted to the Islamist extremist group’s social media accounts included a picture of a boy carrying a rifle, identifying him as Huthaifa al-Badri.

The statement said he was killed fighting Syrian and Russian soldiers at a power station in Homs province.

ISIS did not say when he was killed, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said that the last ISIS operations in the area were in early June.

Al-Baghdadi has been reported killed on several occasions only to turn up alive. Little is known about his family.

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