"We captured his wife".
Turkey captured the elder sister of the slain leader of the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria on Monday, according to a senior Turkish official, who called the arrest an intelligence "gold mine". It was not immediately clear if her capture produced intelligence that led to the capture of the unidentified wife.
The lady was arrested on June 2, 2018, within the province of Hatay, close to the Syrian border, together with 10 others, together with Baghdadi's daughter, who recognized herself as Leila Jabeer.
He said a DNA test confirmed that another suspect was Baghdadi's daughter, and the detainees were being held at a deportation centre in Turkey.More news: Bolivia’s Morales calls to defend democracy amid coup fears
"We discovered (the wife's) real identity pretty quickly. At that point, she volunteered a lot of information about Baghdadi and the inner workings of IS", the official said.
"We think we know a bit about him, but not enough for me to even tell you on background, but what little we know about him, we're not impressed", the official said.
The official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, said the individual "appears to be a nobody" after Daesh named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as its new leader. He did not say when or how the woman was captured or identify her by name.
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He added: "Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother-in-law in Syria", he said in a speech at Ankara University.
The Islamic State group confirmed that the 48-year-old Iraqi died in the raid in Syria's northwestern Idlib province.
In line with the United States account, Baghdadi ran right into a dead-end tunnel in his hideout and detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and two youngsters. Turkey has seized on the detentions to highlight what it says is its fight against the IS group, in the face of accusations that the Turkish military offensive last month to drive Syrian Kurdish fighters from northeast Syria would allow for a resurgence of the militant Islamic group. Catch all of the Stay TV motion on HEARALPUBLICIST 24×7 and HEARALPUBLICIST India.More news: Nunes demands Schiff testify in private as part of House impeachment inquiry