Published: Fri, October 06, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Las Vegas massacre: why did Stephen Paddock open fire? The theories

Las Vegas massacre: why did Stephen Paddock open fire? The theories

The Islamic State claim was reported by Amaq, a news agency that has been linked to the terrorist group but has not formally acknowledged the connection. "For terrorist groups, being in the news is one of the validations that they have an impact", he said.

It says "after careful control and care of the crusades in the city of Las Vegas, one of the soldiers of the caliphate", who they referred to as "Abu Abdul Bar of the United States", had been placed in a "hotel overlooking a musical ceremony" where he murdered those attending the country music festival.

Two senior USA 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. The extremist group also released the Spanish version of these statements.

The terrorist organization ISIS is urging its members to create English propaganda to frame the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas, which killed 59 people and wounded 527, as the actions of a "soldier" of their so-called Caliphate.

Abu Baker al-Maqdisi, a senior jihadist associated with the terrorist organization, told Breitbart Jerusalem that mass murderer Stephen Paddock was recruited by ISIS when he converted to Islam several months ago.

USA president Donald Trump said he did not know whether Stephen Paddock, the gunman behind the deadliest gun attack in modern U.S. history, was linked to the Islamic State group.

Authorities have not commented on his religious background or said what might have motivated the attack.

Historically, the majority of the Islamic State's claimed attacks were carried out by people acting in its name, but the group has made multiple spurious claims in recent memory.

More than 50 people have been confirmed dead and 200 injured in the shooting, making it the deadliest in USA history. 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.

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

According to Bloomberg, the last historical mass shooting in the USA before the tragic event that took place on Sunday, happened at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016.

In June, the group claimed an attack by a gunman who ignited a casino fire that left 36 people dead in the Philippine capital, Manila.

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

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