Islamic state claims Las Vegas shooting, says attacker recent convert to Islam

Piers Morgan

Paddock, who killed himself before police entered his room, was a resident of Mesquite, Nevada.

The shooter's profile is also far outside the norm of any previous US -based ISIS attacker.

Police initially said the shooting was not being treated as a terror attack but no updated statement has been made since Isis released its claim.

Eventually, renowned news organizations shared breaking news that ISIS claimed the responsibility for the inhuman Las Vegas shooting. At least 500 people were injured in the shooting.

The quick responsibility claim - discounted by Federal Bureau of Investigation officials - is the latest in a series of dubious or seemingly fake ISIS claims, reflecting the extremists' eagerness to latch onto global attacks it can tout as its own as it fights for survival in its Mideast base.

His brother, Eric Paddock, has also said that the killer had "no political affiliation, no religious affiliation, as far as we know". "For terrorist groups, being in the news is one of the validations that they have an impact", he said.

Paddock reportedly killed himself as police moved in on the 32nd-floor hotel room he was using to shoot down on the crowd. It claimed an attack on a Philippine casino on June 2, 2017, where a gunman had killed 36 people.

In an apparent attempt to raise morale, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released an audio message last week, the first since November, vowing to continue fighting and lavishing praise on his jihadis for their valor in the battlefield.

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

Isis was also linked to a vehicle and knife attack in Edmonton, Canada, where a police officer found a flag used by the group in the perpetrator's auto.

Rouse was reacting to a statement ISIS released earlier, which read: "The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition".

Gerges said the Las Vegas attack claim illustrates the extremely hard position ISIS faces at home and its lack of strategic coordination.

"More likely, ISIS's supporters will believe what the group says and not what is proven beyond a doubt by the Western media", Clarke added.

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