Wife and child of ISIS leader detained in Lebanon

Lebanese authorities detained a woman and child believed to be related to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they were crossing the border into Syria.

Reuters reports that security officials from the Lebanese army have confirmed to have detained Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wife and child 9 days ago, as they were crossing the border from Syria into Lebanon.

Authorities have identified the woman as Saja al-Dulaimi. As for the child, there have been conflicting reports with the BBC stating that the child in question is al-Baghdadi’s son. Meanwhile, Reuters states that it is his daughter — this was confirmed after a DNA test was conducted.

According to The Guardian, Dulaimi is one of 150 women to have been recently released from a Syrian government prison through a trade that “led to the release of 13 nuns taken captive by al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria”.

Al-Baghdadi hasn’t been seen since June. CNN states that the Islamic State denied reports last month that the leader had been injured due to a US-lead airstrike.

Images: Al-Furqān Media

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