No evidence Las Vegas shooter tied to militant group

No evidence Las Vegas shooter tied to militant group

Internal communications from ISIS, intercepted by threat intelligence platform CyberEyesOn from BLACKOPS Cyber, show that the terrorist organization gave the shooter, Stephen Paddock, a Muslim name and claim he converted to Islam several months ago.

He was radicalised by Isis The terror group claimed the gunman had converted to Islam shortly before the attack and said Paddock had died as a "soldier of the caliphate".

Stephen Paddock was a "crusader", the Islamic State claims without evidence. Attackers inspired by ISIS have previously sent videos pledging allegiance to leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before their assaults.

The terrorist group published at least one English video on October 3 about the Las Vegas attack.

Investigators have not found evidence linking Paddock to any foreign terror group, and he was not known to have strong religious beliefs. Paddock killed himself as police closed in, making it easier for ISIS to make the claim.

At least 59 people were killed and 530 were injured in the attack.

Another Oct. 2 communication claims that Paddock was acting under the requests of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for the goal of "targeting the coalition governments".

Before Sunday, the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history took place in June 2016, when a gunman who professed support for Muslim extremist groups opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people.

Earlier this year, it claimed an attack on a casino in the Philippines that turned out to have been a botched robbery carried out by a heavily indebted gambling addict.

"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", Amaq news agency said in reference to the US -led coalition fighting the group in the Middle East. "This is about trying to remain in the news cycle, trying to say we are still here", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, participate in a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, October 2, 2017, for the victims of the shooting yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

However, the group remains active in recruiting followers on social media, and has repeatedly called on its supporters to carry out attacks in Western nations.



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