A still from a video released by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant of its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Monday.
A still from a video released by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant of its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Monday.

ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi makes video appearance after a gap of 5 years

ANI | Updated: Apr 29, 2019 23:31 IST

Doha [Qatar], Apr 29 (ANI): A week after a series of bombings rattled Sri Lanka in which more than 250 people were killed, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's (ISIL) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has appeared for the first time in a propaganda video since the declaration of Caliphate in 2015.
He seemed to be healthy but older with a bushy dyed beard. It is, however, still unclear when the footage was filmed.
ISIL's Al Furqan media network published on Monday what it said was a video message from its leader, in which he said the group would seek revenge for the killing and imprisonment of its fighters, reported Al Jazeera.
The SITE Intelligence group said he also discussed the bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people on Easter Sunday in an audio recording after the video ends.
He also talked about the month-long fight for Baghouz, ISIL's final bastion in eastern Syria, which ended last month.
He last appeared in 2014 during a sermon at the Great Mosque in Mosul. The speech marked the rise of self-declared "Caliphate" of IS in Iraq and Syria
However, Baghdadi has periodically issued audio statements, with the last being in August 2018.
Al Jazeera has said that the script at the start of the video was dated April. 
The United States has announced a reward of USD 25 million for information leading to Baghdadi's death or arrest. (ANI)

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