IS confirms Baghdadi death

The Islamic State has heaped praise on its deceased 'Khalifa' Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and has named Al-Quraishi as his successor.

The Islamic State jihadist group confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and named his replacement as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, said a statement released Thursday.

"We mourn you commander of the faithful," an audio statement read by Abu Hamza al-Quraishi, presented as the jihadist group's spokesman, said.