The Islamic State has claimed the Las Vegas concert shooting which left more than 50 people dead and hundreds injured.

The group said gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, converted to Islam a few months ago, on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s official Amaq news channel.

They said the attack, the deadliest mass shooting in US history, was carried out by a “soldier” of the caliphate and was done “in response to calls to target coalition countries.”

It did not provide any evidence to back up the claim.

Isil often claims attacks by individuals inspired by its message but with no known links to the group.

The wording was similar to other claims made by Isil where attacks were inspired rather than directed by the jihadist group.

US officials said there was no evidence so far to suggest Paddock had a link to any international militant groups.

The shooting comes days after an audio message of Isil leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was released in which he urged followers to “intensify one attack after another against the infidels” as it lost territory in Iraq and Syria.

“Despite popular opinion, they do not claim everything,” said Shiraz Maher. “They have not, for example, said anything about the Edmonton attack at this stage. By contrast, Marseille was claimed very quickly. When Isis does claim something, there’s usually some degree of actual connection.”

 

 

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