The US President made this known in a post on his verified Twitter page on Tuesday.
Trump wrote: “Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops. Most likely would have taken the top spot – Now he is also Dead!”
Trump did not identify the person or give more detail on how he was killed.
The ISIS leader killed himself with a suicide vest as US special operations forces descended on him during a raid in Syria’s Idlib region.
Government sources stated that Baghdadi was the target of the secretly planned operation that was approved by President Donald Trump.
Baghdadi, a native of Iraq and around 48 years old, led Al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq, taking credit for suicide bombings and other attacks targeting Shiites and moderate Sunnis that left thousands dead over 2010-2013.
He then broke with Al-Qaeda and announced his own, more aggressive jihadist group named the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (alternately, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) that aimed to establish its own deeply conservative Islamic nation, or Caliphate, on territory straddling the Iraq-Syria border.
The group’s rule was notoriously brutal, and it was globally condemned as a “terrorist organization,” blamed for the deaths of thousands of civilians — in summary executions and beheadings — and accused of war crimes.
Source: Naija News