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Islamic State releases ‘new audio’ of leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi after long absence

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Islamic State has released an audio message of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the first purported speech in nearly a year from a man that intelligence communities are unsure is still alive, in which the leader can be heard urging people to stay united as the outfit is being ‘tested’ by Allah.

The man, in the audio message, could be heard saying to his followers that they were being tested with “fear and hunger” and that “glad tidings” will be rewarded to “patiently persevere”, according to CNN reoprt.

However, Reuters and other news outlets were unable to verify whether the voice on the recording was Baghdadi’s.

He was also heard saying that the losses being faced by the outfit were a test from Allah.

The message was released on Wednesday by the media wing of the terror outfit, but it is yet to be confirmed if the voice in the video message was that of Baghdadi.

The 55-minute audio statement entitled “Give Glad Tidings to the Patient” was released by the extremist group’s central media arm, al-Furqan Foundation, congratulating militants for recent attacks claimed by IS in Canada and Europe.

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The audio message was posted with a description claiming that the voice belonged to Baghdadi, who declared himself ruler of all Muslims in 2014 after capturing Iraq’s main northern city Mosul.

The recording also offered greetings to Muslims for Eid al-Adha, a feast which is celebrated this week.

In the message, a mention was made of the Syrian city of Idlib, claiming that Russian and Syrian military were about to storm it “with the help of traitors,” which is meant to refer to some Syrian rebels.

The message further called on Sunni Muslims to dethrone the government of Jordan — an ally of the United States and the United Kingdom.

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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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