ERBIL — A senior Islamic State (IS) leader who is believed to be the deputy of group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in an airstrike carried out by Iraqi air force on Thursday, said a source.
“Iraqi air forces launched an airstrike targeting a group of IS militants, who were gathering in a building inside the Syrian territories, managing to kill a notorious IS leader, identified as Abu Luqman al-Suri,” the source told Shafaq News, as reported by Iraqi News.
According to the source, the IS leader was in charge of recruiting suicide bombers, preparing and directing them to the neighboring country Iraq to conduct terrorist activities.
Earlier on Sunday, spokesperson for Iraqi Security Media Council Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool announced that the Iraqi Jets had killed 36 IS jihadists in a cross-border operation inside Syria.
Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi announced the defeat of the IS in December, last year. However the extremist group has lately re-emerged in most of the liberated areas, carrying out violent terrorist activities against security forces and civilians.