Islamic State (IS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and three of his top aides were seriously ill after being poisoned during a lunchtime feast and have been shifted to an unknown location under strict measures, media reports claimed on Monday (Oct 3).
The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports that meals prepared for Baghdadi and three other IS leaders were allegedly poisoned in Nineveh’s Be’aaj district in Iraq. Citing a source, Iraqi news agency WAA said the four are suffering from “severe poisoning” and "have been transferred to an unknown location under strict measures".
After the incident, IS militants were conducting several arrests in order to determine who was behind it. Baghdadi, who has reportedly been wounded multiple times, carries a US$10 million bounty on his head.
News of Baghdadi’s poisoning came as Iraqi media claimed some top IS commanders were among 16 militants killed when one of the leaders’ explosive belt exploded during a meeting.
"A number of the IS members were wearing explosive belts during the meeting, and the explosion took place due to a defect in one of them," Al-Sumaria Iraqi media outlet said.