(CNN) — Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in a U.S. Raid, President Donald Trump announced Sunday morning.
A U.S. defense official tells CNN that al-Baghdadi apparently detonated a suicide vest as U.S. special operations commandos closed in on his location.
Final confirmation is pending DNA analysis and other positive identifiers.
Al-Baghdadi has been in hiding for five years and he was located based on CIA intelligence.
Earlier, Trump tweeted: “something very big has just happened.”
In April, a video was published by the ISIS media wing al-Furqan that showed a man purporting to be Baghdadi. It was the first time Baghdadi has been seen since July 2014, when he spoke at the Great Mosque in Mosul.
In February 2018, several US officials said Baghdadi had been wounded in an airstrike in May 2017 and had to relinquish control of the terror group for up to five months because of his injuries.
Al-Baghdadi became the leader of Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) in 2010. In 2013, ISI declared its absorption of an al Qaeda-backed militant group in Syria and Baghdadi said that his group will now be known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).