Su-35 and Su-34 jets were used in the strike, which was preceded by drone reconnaissance flights, the ministry said.
Does the Russian account stack up?
"I don't have a 100% confirmation of the information".
Informed Syrian sources said on Sunday that ISIS has limited Baghdadi's role and sent a 12-member leadership council to the Syrian territories under the name of "negotiating committee" to practically lead the terrorist organization. There has been no official comment from Syria's government, the BBC reported.
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That trend is likely to accelerate as more governments crack down on carbon and awareness of climate change risks increases. Wind turbines and photovoltaic arrays provided slightly more than 10% of USA electricity generation in March.
"But longer term, think about what happened after bin Laden, not much", Ganyard said, referring to Osama bin Laden, the founder and former leader of al-Qaeda who was killed in Pakistan in May 2011.
The last public video footage of Baghdadi shows him dressed in black clerical robes declaring his caliphate from the pulpit of Mosul's medieval Grand al-Nuri mosque back in 2014.
His last audio message was released on 2 November previous year.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks Syria's war, said airstrikes on the road linked the villages of Ratla and Kasrat killed 18 people, while the activist-operated group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said 17 civilians were killed in the airstrike on buses carrying civilians.
A character shrouded in mystery, Baghdadi's real name may be Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim al-Badri, and he may have been born in 1971 in Samarra, an ancient Iraqi city in the so-called Sunni Triangle north of Baghdad.
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As the militants' foothold erodes, USA officials and Syrian activists say many commanders have fled Mosul and Raqqa in recent months for Mayadeen, a remote town in the heart of Syria's Islamic State-controlled, Euphrates River valley near the Iraqi border. Two other top figures, Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, and Abu Ali al-Anbari, the extremist group's leading finance official, were killed in 2016.
In October 2011, the United States officially designated Baghdadi as a terrorist. The strikes targeted a meeting of high-ranking Islamic State chiefs where Al- Baghdadi was reportedly present.
What does the online chatter say?The claims have emerged as Russia's defence ministry has started an investigation as to whether one of their air strikes on Syria could have been responsible for the militants's death.
There have been multiple reports of Baghdadi's death in the past that have turned out to be false.
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