Islamic State group announces death of leader

The Islamic State jihadist group says that its leader Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi has been killed in battle and announces a replacement.

A spokesman for the group says Hashimi, an Iraqi, was killed “in combat with enemies of God,” without elaborating on the date of his death or the circumstances.

Speaking in an audio message, the spokesman identifies the group’s new leader as Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi.

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