A local source in Nineveh province in Northwestern Iraq reported that the ISIL has vowed to punish those who dare to talk about the death of the terrorist group’s ring leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The source said that ISIL announced in a statement in the town of Tal Afar West of Mosul city that it will whip everybody who talks about the death of al-Baghdadi.
The source pointed to the sermon of one of the closest friends to al-Baghdadi in Tal Afar Friday Prayers and his implied reference to the ISIL chief’s death, and added that ISIL has vowed to give 50 slashes to anyone mentioning or discussing the death of al-Baghdadi.
Reports said earlier today that ISIL has arrested a senior aide for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on charges of indicating al-Baghdadi’s death.
The source said that ISIL terrorists stormed the house of Friday Prayers leader in the town of Tal Afar Abu Qatibeh and arrested him over his remarks about the fate of al-Baghdadi on Friday.
“ISIL members laid siege on the house of Abu Qatibeh, who is a close friend to al-Baghdadi, and arrested him. Abu Qatibeh did not resist against arrest,” the source said.
“Abu Qatibeh’s arrest was done one day after he implied al-Baghdadi’s death, causing vast arguments among ISIL members about their leader’s fate,” the source went on to say.
The source went on to say that the ISIL has kept mum on the fate of Baghdadi and it has not thus far rejected his death in an airstrike in Syria a few weeks ago, adding that ISIL’s silence about the death of al-Baghdadi is perhaps related to the decision about his successor.