The son of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed while trying to attack a power station in the Syrian province of Homs, the terror group’s propaganda news agency announced.
Hudhayfah al-Badri and other jihadists were fighting Russian forces and Assad regime troops during an assault on the station, the UK’s Telegraph reported, citing the Amaq agency.
Al-Badri was killed in an “operation against the Nussayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs,” the group said in a statement that included a photo of a young man clutching an assault rifle.
Nussayriyyah is the term used by ISIS for the Alawite religious minority sect of President Bashar al-Assad.
The statement, which identified the man as “the son of the caliph,” did not say when he was killed.
ISIS declared a cross-border “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq in 2014, seizing a third of Iraq during a sweeping offensive — but the jihadists have since lost much ground to Syrian and Iraqi forces as well as US-led operations.
According to the ISIS statement, al-Badri was killed during an “inghimasi operation,” usually an attack where jihadists fight for as long as they can with guns and grenades.
The attacks usually end either with the assailants being killed or killing themselves with suicide vests.
The whereabouts of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – whose real name is Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim al-Badri – are unknown, but the message from the ISIS news agency implied he was still alive, the BBC reported.
The elder Baghdadi — who has a $25 million bounty on his head — has not been heard from since September 2017, when he urged supporters to launch attacks against the West and keep fighting in Syria and Iraq.
He has been reported killed or wounded on several occasions.