Iraq says woman detained in Lebanon not ISIS leader’s wife

Iraq’s Interior Ministry said on Wednesday that a woman detained by Lebanese authorities was not the wife of Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but the sister of a man convicted of bombings in southern Iraq.

Bri.-Gen. Saad Maan Ministry Spokesman, said the woman detained by Lebanese authorities was Saja Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi, sister of Omar Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi, who was detained by authorities and sentenced to death for his participation in explosions.

“The wives of the terrorist al-Baghdadi are Asmaa Fawzi Mohammed al-Dulaimi and Esraa Rajab Mahel al-Qaisi, and there is no wife named Saja al-Dulaimi,” he said.

Mr. Maan said Saja Dulaimi had fled to Syria where she was detained by authorities.

He said she was part of a group of female detainees freed in exchange for the release of a group of nuns captured by Islamist rebels in Syria.

Security officials in Lebanon said on Tuesday that the Lebanese army had detained a wife and daughter of Baghdadi’s as they crossed from Syria late last month.

The officials said the suspects were detained in northern Lebanon after the woman was found with a fake passport, and investigators were questioning her at the Lebanese Defence Ministry.


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