MOSCOW: Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that Russian air strikes in Syria had killed one of Islamic State’s most prominent leaders, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, on Tuesday.
The ministry said that Adnani was one of up to 40 rebels killed by the air strikes in Syria’s region of Maaratat-Umm Khaush, in the Aleppo province.
On Tuesday, a US defence official said United States targeted Adnani in a strike.
White House says has no evidence Russia killed IS leader
The Obama administration is not aware of any facts suggesting Russia was involved in the death of Adnani, a White House spokesperson said on Wednesday.
US defense officials said earlier that Russia’s claim is a “joke.”