Iraq official: Arrested woman not IS leader's wife

Updated: 2014-12-03 17:31


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BAGHDAD - An Iraqi official is denying that a woman detained in Lebanon is a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group.

Wednesday's denial comes a day after Lebanese authorities said they are holding a woman believed to be al-Baghdadi's wife. They said she was detained for travelling with a fake ID and had herself claimed that she is the reclusive extremist leader's spouse.

Iraq's Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan Ibrahim said that the woman is Saja Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi, an Iraqi national who traveled to Syria before arriving in Lebanon.

Ibrahim says she is the sister of Omar Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi, who is held in Iraq as a terror suspect.

Ibrahim says al-Baghdadi has two wives but neither is named Saja al-Dulaimi.