The slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was known to have four wives, the maximum number one can have under Islamic law at one time.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that his country’s forces have captured one of the four wives weeks after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant leader killed himself during a raid by US special forces.
Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara, in which he also criticised the United States for making a fuss over the killing of Baghdadi.
“The United States said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel. They started a communication campaign about this. But, I am announcing it here for the first time:
We captured his wife and didn’t make a fuss like them. Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother-in-law in Syria” Erdogan said.
Erdogan’s announcement comes just days after Turkish forces captured al-Baghdadi’s elder sister, identified as Rasmiya Awad, in the town of Azaz, in Aleppo province in northwestern Syria.
A Turkish official said the 65-year-old sister is suspected of being affiliated with ISIL and called her capture an intelligence “gold mine”.
Fahrettin Altun, Turkey’s communications director, said on Twitter. “The arrest of al-Baghdadi’s sister is yet another example of the success of our counter-terrorism operations.”