Iraqi aircraft hit Baghdadi´s convoy as it was “moving towards Karabla to attend a meeting of the Daesh terrorist leaders,” an Iraqi security statement said.
Karabla is on the Euphrates barely five kilometres (three miles) from the Syrian border in western Anbar, a vast Iraqi province which has long been a Sunni insurgent stronghold.
The statement issued by Iraq´s “war media cell” said Baghdadi was “transported in a vehicle” after the strike but added that “his health status was unknown”.
The meeting place was also struck in the operation and several Daesh leaders already gathered there were killed or wounded, it said.
Interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan told AFP that “the strike was yesterday (Saturday) at noon”.
In Washington, a US military official said: “We´ve seen the Iraqi statement about al-Baghdadi but have no info that confirms it.”
Baghdadi´s death would give the war against the most violent jihadist organisation in modern history a much-needed boost, but such claims have been made in the past.