URFA – A senior leader in the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) was reportedly killed in an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in the Iraqi northwestern city of Mosul, eyewitnesses reported.
Hajeb Mizhir al-Jayji, who served as finance minister in the terror organization, was reported dead in an airstrike on Tuesday.
“The corpse of Hajeb Mizhir al-Jayji has arrived Wednesday to the forensic medicine center in the city,” a local source in the Iraqi province of Nineveh confirmed to ARA News.
The source said that al-Jayji was killed along with six of his bodyguards near the sub-district of Budush in western Mosul on Tuesday.
In less than a week, the U.S.-led coalition forces were able to wipe out two top commanders in the terror group. Al-Jayji was killed after the death of the second man in the group, Abu Muslim at-Turkmani (also known as Abu Motaz al-Qurashi), head of the military council, in a similar attack near the Iraqi city of Mosul in Nineveh province.
“The U.S. and its allies were very happy for killing Sheikh Abu Motaz al-Qurashi, branding their crime as a great victory,” ISIS spokesman, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, has said in a recorded statement posted online by pro-ISIS media activists.
Speaking to ARA News, civil rights activist Sherin Hamo commented on the incident saying: “Apparently, ISIS has not been influenced by the death of its leading militants, especially that the group was able to attract hundreds of new recruits over the last few months.”
Last week, the Iraqi army had announced it had targeted an ISIS-led convoy, including the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, without providing further information on his situation.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News
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