Senior ISIS leader and preacher Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has reportedly been executed by his own gang for mentioning that one of the leaders of ISIS was killed in an attack.
Sources are reporting that Baghdadi was captured and set on fire alive by ISIS militants that he once supported.
Baghdadi’s slip of the tongue was reportedly an accident. However, ISIS militants consider it treasonous to give out any information about their leaders – even in death.
The Daily Mail reports:
Senior ISIS leader and preacher, Abu Qutaiba was burned to death in the group’s stronghold town of Tal Afar, according to a source quoted on Alsumaria News, an independent Iraqi satellite TV network.
He had been arrested over charges of ‘stirring sedition’ through a Friday prayer sermon in which he inadvertently suggested the group’s runaway leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had possibly died during an emotional sermon, Iraqi News reports.
The group had previously ordered a punishment of 50 lashes for anyone who mentioned Baghdadi’s survival or otherwise, a source told the local TV network.
The source said that the move came to avert a possible escalation of simmering leadership conflicts within the group.
Baghdadi’s last appearance was in a video clip showing him making the sermon proclaiming the establishment of an Islamist ‘caliphate’ in the Old City’s Grand Nuri Mosque in June 2014, and never showed up again, Iraqi News reports.
Rumours that the Islamic State leader had died appeared to have heightened after Abu Qutaiba began crying at the mention of Al-Baghdadi’s name.
A senior commander is reporting that victory over ISIS troops in Mosul is imminent, and could be achieved in the next few days.