ISIS targets Las Vegas Strip
An ISIS propaganda video that makes threats against Las Vegas landmarks is causing authorities enough concern that they sent out warning notices to hotels on the famous Strip.
U.S. intelligence agencies discovered the new video on an ISIS website.
“In the video that calls for lone wolf attacks, several Strip properties were prominently displayed,” reports Las Vegas Now.
This is the second time ISIS has targeted Las Vegas in its recruitment videos.
The first time was in June of last year.
Four months later, lawmakers in Nevada passed what’s called the “more cops tax.
The tax pays for more than 60 additional police officers to patrol the Las Vegas Strip.
In the wake of the terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on May 22, authorities in Vegas are taking no chances, sending alerts to Strip hotels about the video, the news site reported. Authorities believe the Manchester attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, Salman Abedi. ISIS has claimed responsibility for that attack, and authorities have detained Abedi’s two brothers and his father, who is in Libya. Twenty-two people were killed and more than 100 injured.
However, the video was posted before the Manchester attack, and Newsweek reported that it was inspired by the Times Square crash in which Richard Rojas, a U.S. military vet, is accused of driving his car into a crowd of people. Authorities had said they don’t suspect terrorism in that case.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that the Las Vegas ISIS video is 44 minutes long and that Las Vegas police “are treating it as a credible threat.”
ISIS, which has its own propaganda arm, sometimes posts “similar videos” on a daily basis. According to Newsweek, the new ISIS video also showed other locations throughout the U.S. “In the 44-minute video, photos were shown of multiple locations in the United States, including Times Square, the Las Vegas Strip and banks in Washington D.C.,” reports Newsweek.