Monday, 2 October 2017

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Las Vegas Shooting

Terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Police said at least 50 people were killed and 200 wounded when a gunman opened fire on dense crowds at a concert in Las Vegas.

Officials have identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old American who had multiple weapons on the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, where he is believed to have killed himself.

According to Independent UK, statement published by ISIS propaganda agency claimed the attacker was a “soldier of the Islamic State”.

“The executor of the Las Vegas attack is a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried out the operation as a response to calls to target countries engaged in military action against the jihadists”, IS’s propaganda outlet Amaq said in online statements.

Isis also claimed the gunman “converted to Islam several months ago”, without providing more details. Paddock's religion and lifestyle have not yet emerged elsewhere.

A spokesperson for the FBI said no link to Isis had yet been found in the ongoing investigation.

“As this event unfolds we have determined to this point no connection with an international terrorist group," he added.

“As this investigation continues we will continue to work with our partners.”

The wording of the release is similar to other attacks that have been inspired, rather than directed, by Isis.

Paddock's alleged suicide would also differ from the actions of the vast majority of Isis attackers, who seek to be "martyred" in bombings or by security forces, suggesting he had little, if any, guidance from the group.

The claim, which cannot be independently verified, came days after Isis released a speech purporting to be from the group's leader.

A 46-minute audio recording appeared to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi praise the jihadis killed in the battle to retake Mosul and other former Isis territories.

He urged followers to “intensify one attack after another against the infidels”, following a spike in global terror attacks.

Security officials and experts have long warned that Isis will seek to maintain momentum and legitimacy through terror as its so-called “caliphate” dwindles in Iraq and Syria.

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