New Delhi: The Islamic State (IS or ISIS) terror outfit based in Syria claimed on Wednesday that its chief spokesperson Abu Muhammed al-Adnani was killed on a battlefield in northern Syria. 

ISIS’ official media Amaq News Agency confirmed this recent development and said that the leader was “martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo”.

The Pentagon claimed that Adnani was the chief target in a “precision strike” carried out in Aleppo province’s al Bab. However, they did not officially confirm whether Adnani had been killed or not.

“We are still assessing the results of the strike, but al Adnani’s removal from the battlefield would mark another significant blow to ISIL,” said Peter Cook, Pentagon’s press secretary.

Muhammed al-Adnani was considered one of the top leaders and the founders of the notorious terror outfit which has carried out deadly attacks across its borders.

“The blood of the sheiks will only make it more firm on the path of jihad and determination to take revenge and assault,” said Amaq, professing revenge for the death of Adnani. It said a generation raised in Islamic State-held territory would seek revenge.

If Adnani’s death is confirmed, it could come as a stinging blow to ISIS which is being weakened by combined military attacks.