A coalition air strike in western Iraq killed at least 17 Islamic State militants overnight, a hospital source said on Thursday, and an Arabic TV channel said the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been in the area several hours before.

The channel, al-Arabiya al-Hadath, based its report on anonymous sources and gave no further information on Baghdadi. The report on his whereabouts could not be confirmed.

The hospital source in al-Qaim, a town on the Euphrates River, hospital said nine civilians were killed and 29 militants were wounded in the strike by the U.S.-led coalition which is bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. Some of the wounded were taken across the border to Syria for treatment. […]