The Islamic State (IS)-linked 'Amaq News Agency denied the claim from the U.S. Defense Department that top IS official Omar al-Shishani was killed as a result of a drone strike.

The group posted a message on its Telegram channel and blog on March 15, 2016, citing a source as denying the news. The Arabic message reads:

Urgent: A source for ‘Amaq Agency denied what the American Defense Department (Pentagon) announced about the killing of Sheikh Omar al-Shishani, and asserted that he was not exposed to any injury.

According to media reports and U.S. assessments, Shishani (AKA Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili) died from wounds inflicted in a drone strike in northeastern Syria.