Turkey has captured a wife of former ISIS leader Aby Bakr-al-Bhagdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
Erdoğan made the announcement during a speech in Ankara on Wednesday but did not provide any further details. “The United States said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel,” Erdogan said, criticising the US for a “communications campaign” over the jihadist’s death.
“But, I am announcing it here for the first time: we captured his wife and didn’t make a fuss like them. ” he added.
Erdogan didn’t name the woman, and Baghdadi, who died during a US raid on his compound in northern Syria late last month, was believed to have had four wives.
Turkey has described the discovery of Baghdadi’s relatives as a boon for its intelligence about ISIS, saying that it will help the country better protect itself and Europe from terrorists.
It is not clear when or how the unidentified woman was arrested by Turkish forces, but Ankara said earlier this week it had captured several of the jihadist’s relatives, including his elder sister Rasmiya Awad, in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, in Aleppo province.
The Isis leader blew himself and three children up in a tunnel after US special forces entered his heavily-fortified compound in Syria’s Idlib province during a raid on 26 October.