BAGHDAD Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani has reportedly been wounded in an air strike in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a military statement said on Thursday.
Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.
"There are confirmed reports that the so-called terrorist Abu Muhammad al-Adnani the spokesman of the Daesh (Islamic State) terrorists was wounded in an air strike ... in the region of Barwana," the statement said.
It said Adnani had lost "a large amount of blood" in the attack a few days ago, before being moved to the northern city of Mosul, Islamic State's capital in Iraq.
More than 100 Islamic State fighters were killed in and around Barwana this week by air strikes aimed at helping the Iraqi army repel militant offensives near the city of Haditha, according to the U.S.-led coalition.
Adnani is a Syrian from Idlib who pledged allegiance to Islamic State's predecessor al Qaeda more than a decade ago and was once imprisoned by U.S. forces in Iraq, according to the Brookings Institution.
U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for the coalition, could not confirm the Iraqi military report but said Adnani had not been targeted by a coalition air strike.
(Reporting by Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli; editing by Andrew Roche)
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First Published On : Jan 8, 2016 02:01 IST