Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the mass shooting in Las Vegas, believed to be the deadliest in modern US history.
“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,” Reuters cited the Amaq, IS-affiliated website. “The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago.”
The terrorist group did not name the attacker but claimed that he “executed the operation in response to calls to target countries of the coalition.” However, no proof was provided to back the terrorists’ claims.
The Las Vegas shooter, who killed 58 people and injured hundreds more, did so on behalf of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), according to an IS-affiliated website.
The attacker did not affiliate himself with any political or religious group, the brother of the gunman, Eric Paddock, from Orlando, said.
“No religious affiliation. No political affiliation,” he told CBS News.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said authorities believe it was a “lone wolf” attack.
US security agencies are assessing the IS claim but have not verified it, Reuters reports, citing officials. Two unnamed senior US officials told Reuters that no evidence suggested a connection between the shooter and any international militant group.
“It was bad, there was multiple people hit, a lot of people shot,” a former marine who was working security at the event told Fox News.
“The area that we had for medics at the event was completely flooded with people. I myself, with other people, carried at least four or five people to the EMT area.”
The man went on to describe how people were injured in the panic that ensued.
“There was two people that I know for sure were trampled. One gentleman was shot in the top of the head, another was shot in the leg, a lady was shot in her side,” he said.
“Another lady that caught a round to the side of the head, it was an ugly scene.”