ISIS leader ‘still in Mosul’ as 8,000 jihadis plan fight to DEATH


Al-Baghdadi – who declared his so-called “caliphate” from Mosul in 2014 – was believed to have .

But “solid” new intelligence suggests he is still in the city, surrounded by 8,000 fanatical fighters.

The death cult has covered the city with booby traps and is planning to use “tens of thousands” of its innocent civilians as human shields in a apocalyptic final battle.

Al-Baghdadi is the second most wanted man in the world – after al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri – and has a $10million bounty on his head.

Explosives expert Fawzi Ali Nouimeh is also thought to be in the city – stoking fears the city will be laced with homemade bombs.

Abu Mahir, who lives near the city”s university, said: “It”s quite clear Daesh has started to use civilians as human shields by allowing families to stay in buildings likely to be targeted by air strikes.”

About 1.5 million people still live in Mosul and the International Organization for Migration said ISIS may use tens of thousands of residents as human shields.