The Islamic State has confirmed the death of sleader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and named new successor.
According to Aljazeera, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi had been named new leader.
Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi, ISIL’s new spokesman, was said to have made the announcement on Thursday in an audio statement distributed by the group’s media arm, al-Furqan.
“We mourn you … commander of the faithful,” he said, adding that ISIL’s legislative and consultative body convened after the 48-year-old Iraqi-born chief’s death.
“The Islamic State shura council convened immediately after confirming the martyrdom of Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the elders of the holy warriors agreed” on a replacement.
Baghdadi died in a raid at his compound by US special forces in north-west Syria at the weekend.
He fled into a tunnel and killed himself with a suicide vest.
Baghdadi was declared leader of the extremist group in 2014 when IS took control of large parts of Iraq and Syria and imposed its rule over the civilian population.
The news came after the Pentagon published drone footage of the US special forces raid, along with some other details of the mission.