06 October, 2017
US officials said on Monday that there was no evidence that the shooter who killed at least 50 people in Las Vegas was tied to any worldwide militant group, though one official said security agencies were examining an Islamic State claim of responsibility.
According to a report in The Telegraph of United Kingdom, the Islamic State terror group has claimed that Stephen Paddock converted to Islam a few months ago.
Another statement said: "The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago".
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The extremist group's Aamaq news agency used to be a relatively reliable source of information, but in recent years has made increasingly exaggerated or false claims.
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Stephen Paddock's family said he had no political or religious affiliation. If true, Paddock would be the oldest American Isis recruit by almost a decade, and its members are typically young, non-white men.
Authorities have yet to identify a motive for the shooting, and said initially there was no evidence of any connection to global terrorism. He also urged followers to step up attacks and "burn" their enemies everywhere. The group also claimed a knife attack on Sunday that killed two women in Marseille, France, but French authorities say they have found no link between the attacker and ISIS. It claimed an attack on a Philippine casino on June 2, 2017, where a gunman had killed 36 people.
Gerges said the Las Vegas attack claim illustrates the extremely hard position ISIS faces at home and its lack of strategic coordination.
"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.
"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.