The Islamic State has taken credit for the deadliest shooting in American history.
A statement published by the terrorist group’s propaganda wing, Amaq, said that Stephen Paddock, the gunman who murdered more than 50 people and injured more than 400 in Las Vegas on Sunday, was a “soldier of the Islamic State”.
Authorities are still searching for a motive for the killing that took place at a country music festival and have not confirmed any affiliation with ISIS or any terrorist group.
ISIS says Paddock “converted to Islam several months ago.”
“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,” the statement read.
From The Associated Press:
The Islamic State group on Monday claimed responsibility for the mass shooting in Las Vegas, saying the perpetrator was “a soldier” who had converted to Islam months ago, without providing any evidence to support the claim.
The group’s Aamaq news agency released two brief statements hours after the shooting at a country music concert that killed at least 50 people and wounded at least 400. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
IS did not name the suspected shooter, but said he had “executed the operation in response to calls to target countries of the coalition” batting the extremist group in Iraq and Syria.
Police have identified the shooter as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, and have said he killed himself after the shooting. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said authorities believe it was a “lone wolf” attack, and the U.S. Homeland Security Department said there was no “specific credible threat” involving other public venues in the U.S.
The FBI disputed the terrorist group’s claims.
“We have determined to this point no connection with the international terrorist group,” the agent in charge of the investigation said. “We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that this is factually, thoroughly, and absolutely investigated to be able to bring comfort and peace back to this community.”
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