The leader of Syria's jihadist Nusra Front is in good health, said a statement released by the group on Saturday, denying state television reports claiming his death.
“What was claimed by one channel alone, regarding what it claimed was the killing of the emir of the Nusra Front, was a lie,” said the group, according to AFP.
Syrian state television reported on Friday that Abu Mohammed al-Golani had been killed in coastal Latakia province.
But state news agency SANA quickly withdrew an alert saying the same thing.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which closely monitors the fighting in Syria, said senior Nusra Front leaders contacted by activists in Latakia and the eastern Deir El-Zor province denied Golani had been killed.
The Nusra Front, a jihadist group affiliated with Al-Qaeda, is one of the more powerful rebel groups battling to overthrow President Bashar Assad.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer