İrem UZUN -TDO- The Islamic State (ISIS) militant group confirmed on Thursday its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed, the group’s news agency Amaq said in an audio tape following a U.S. weekend raid. The group also confirmed its spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir was also dead, adding that Ibrahim al-Quraishi had been appointed as the new “caliph”. "We mourn you... commander of the faithful," an audio statement read by Abu Hamza al-Quraishi said. The statement also contained threats against America, referred to U.S. President Donald Trump as a senile old man and warned that what’s to come will be worse by comparison to the days of the group under Baghdadi’s leadership.
Baghdadi killed himself during the raid by igniting a suicide vest, Trump said in a televised address from the White House. Test results from the aftermath of the raid had positively identified Baghdadi, Trump had said. Al-Muhajir was killed in an operation in the northern Syrian city of Jarablus hours after Baghdadi's death.