IS second-in-command's death confirmed

  • 14/10/2015

The Islamic State group's spokesman has confirmed the killing of the jihadist organisation's second in command in a US air strike earlier this year.

"America is rejoicing over the killing of Abu Mutaz al-Qurashi and considers this a great victory," Abu Mohamed al-Adnani said on Tuesday in an audio recording posted on jihadist websites.

The White House has said that Qurashi, also known as Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali and Haji Mutaz, was killed on August 18 in a US air strike on a vehicle near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.