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Russian airstrike 'killed IS spokesman al-Adnani'

bu Mohammed al-Adnani had repeatedly called on attacks against the West.

A Russian airstrike killed the so-called Islamic State's (IS) spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, Russia's defence ministry has said.

Russian officials said intelligence confirmed the strike on Aleppo province, which killed 40 (IS) militants, including al-Adnani, who was also the group's chief strategist.

His death is seen as a major blow to IS, which has been on retreat in Iraq and Syria.

The US said it launched an airstrike targeting al-Adnani in the Syrian city of al-Bab, which is northeast of Aleppo.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the US was still assessing the results of the strike.

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