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ISIS claims responsibility for mass shooting in Las Vegas
07 October 2017, 09:17 | Melissa Porter
Stephen Craig Paddock
US officials are pushing back against ISIS's claims the Las Vegas mass shooting was related to their organization.
There is no confirmation from U.S. officials if Paddock was connected to the group, while IS offered no proof to back up their claims.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the worst mass shooting in United States history. Texas imam Omar Suleiman tweeted ridicule of ISIS' claim of responsibility for the attack: "Breaking: ISIS claims responsibility for hurricane Harvey saying he became Muslim days before hitting Houston".
Though the Associated Pressreported Monday morning that ISIS had claimed responsibility for the Las Vegas attack, as of 12:00pm the Federal Bureau of Investigation was reporting that it had found "no connection with an global terrorist group" after searching Paddock's home.
The group's Aamaq news agency released two brief statements hours after the shooting at a country music concert that killed at least 50 people and wounded at least 400.
Paddock is believed to have killed himself before police managed to enter his hotel room - and act which in jihadist teachings, unlike "martyrdom" in battle, is not prized.
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.
According to multiple reports, there is no connection between Islamic State terrorists - or any global terrorist group - and the man who killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500 during a music festival Sunday night. Sometimes that role is limited to ideological inspiration for the attackers, but there is usually some justification for the group's claim. There's no political affiliation that we know of.
Investigators are now piecing together information to find out more about the Las Vegas shooter. "All of a sudden their personality changes drastically and they seem to be extremely angry and extremely aggressive, that would be something to call law enforcement to: Simply, this person is acting different, this person may be a threat".
Meanwhile Merriam Webster calls it the "systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion".
Senior US officials said they had no reason to believe Isil was linked to the attack.
Others, however, disagree. Sidney Jones, director of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, said: "It's very likely that the Resorts World was a terrorist operation". Only recently, the Iraqi army had announced the end of Islamic State terror in the city of Mosul that had been under IS rule for some years. "If we decide it is, we'll mobilize untold resources".
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