ISIS claims responsibility for Las Vegas shooting

Orient Net - CBS 2017-10-02 14:48:00

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ISIS claimed on Monday that the man who opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing at least 50 people, was acting on behalf of the group, but offered no evidence.

The terror group said in a pair of statements released by its pseudo-news agency Amaq, citing anonymous sources, that the gunman, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, converted to Islam several months ago and carried out the attack, "in response to calls to target states of the coalition" battling ISIS.

The statement offered no proof of a link with Paddock, nor did it identify him by name.

ISIS has released similar vague claims of responsibility following previous attacks in Europe and the US, and on some occasions they have followed up with recorded video statements from terror attackers pledging allegiance to the group.

There has been no information from authorities in Las Vegas on Paddock’s suspected motives.