In a bizarre development, the Islamic State's news agency Amaq has claimed responsibility for the Las Vegas concert attack, alleging that Stephen Paddock is one of its "soldiers" and that he converted to Islam "months ago".
To be sure, there is no evidence for these claims, and the statement comes after the Las Vegas police stated earlier that there is no link to international terrorism.
3) Given what is known of attacker Stephen Paddock, #ISIS needs evidence. Otherwise, might make ISIS appear (more) desperate for claims— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) October 2, 2017
4)Rare event that #ISIS news agency Amaq releases a follow-up statement (i.e.its follow-up about Paddock purportedly converting to Islam)...— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) October 2, 2017
6) Tho rare, Amaq follow-up claim was needed on #ISIS' part: currently no known radical religious element to Paddock's background— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) October 2, 2017
The US, however, isn't buying it:
Meanwhile, from Reuters:
- TWO SENIOR U.S. OFFICIALS SAY NO EVIDENCE AT THIS TIME THAT LAS VEGAS SHOOTER IS CONNECTED TO ANY INTERNATIONAL MILITANT GROUP
- SENIOR U.S. OFFICIAL DISCOUNTED ISLAMIC STATE'S CLAIM OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR LAS VEGAS SHOOTING