WASHINGTON - Kayla Mueller, the American woman who died earlier this year after being held hostage by Islamic State militants, was raped repeatedly while held captive by the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ABC News reported on Friday, citing unnamed US counter-terrorism officials.
ABC News reported that Mueller's family confirmed that US government officials had told them that their daughter was repeatedly sexually assaulted by al-Baghdadi. "We were told Kayla was tortured, that she was the property of al-Baghdadi. We were told that in June by the government,"Kayla's parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, were quoted as telling ABC News.
The information about al-Baghdadi's role in the captivity and sexual abuse of Mueller was drawn from many sources including US interviews with at least two teenage girls held as sex slaves in the same compound and the interrogation of the wife of an Islamic State official who was killed in a US raid, ABC News quoted the officials as saying.
The White House declined comment on the report.