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Islamic State leader buried at sea, US says

AP , Thursday 31 Oct 2019
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
The compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen moments before an air strike in the Idlib region of Syria in a still image from video October 26, 2019 (Photo: Reuters)
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The head of United States Central Command says Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was buried at sea after a weekend raid on his compound.

Gen. Frank McKenzie told reporters Wednesday that al-Baghdadi died after he exploded a suicide vest just before U.S. troops were going to capture him.

McKenzie says two children were killed in the explosion set off by the Islamic State leader.

The U.S. said earlier that three children were killed.

U.S. forces raided the compound in northwestern Syria on Saturday. There were no U.S. casualties.

 

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