President of the United States Donald Trump has confirmed that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was killed in a US military operation.
The president said: “Last night, we brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice.”
“He died like a dog, like a coward,” he added.
"He died like a dog. He died like a coward. The world is now a much safer place." @realDonaldTrump says 'last night was a great night for the world' as he confirms Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has been killed.
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The president said US special forces had conducted a “daring raid” which lasted around two hours, during which a large number of al Baghdadi’s companions were also killed.
US military booby-trapped the main door of the compound al Baghdadi was found in and used eight helicopters in the operation.
The soldiers were met with gunfire as they approached the compound.
According to Mr Trump, Al Baghdadi killed himself and three of his children during the operation by igniting a suicide vest.
The notorious terror group leader was one of the world’s most wanted criminals, with a bounty of $25m (£19.5m) on his head.
He was at the centre of an international manhunt for years but he had not made an appearance since 2014.
Source: Sky News