Saddam Hussein’s nephew has been killed in a battle against pro-government forces in the Iraqi city of Baiji, Iraqi Interior Ministry said.
Ibrahim Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan was the son of the late dictator’s half-brother. The ministry said he was killed in the area of Sinya in Baiji.
Islamic State (IS) supporters posted images purporting to show al-Hassan late Tuesday and claiming he had died fighting for the militant group against Iraqi forces near Baiji, which is home to a key oil installation.
Al-Hassan was arrested in 2005 by Iraqi and coalition forces near Saddam’s hometown Tikrit. A year later, he escaped from a prison near Mosul.