Isis claims Las Vegas shooting: What have they said?

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Without providing any evidence to support the claim, the Islamic State group on Monday said the gunman in the mass shooting in Las Vegas was "a soldier" from its ranks who had converted to Islam months ago.

As The Atlantic reports: "A false claim of credit in Las Vegas will effectively shred the Islamic State's news agency's credibility".

In a later statement from Islamic State, the militant group referred to the Las Vegas attacker by a nom de guerre of "Abu Abd al-Bar al-Ameriki". The group said al-Amriki responded to the calls of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (ISIS leader) to "target the countries of the Crusader coalition", which had destroyed many territories of the extremist group in Syria and Iraq.

The claim was initially taken seriously by observers given the group's previous careful penchant for only claiming attacks ISIS for sure either directed or inspired.

ISIS' claim that the suspect in one of the U.S.'s worst mass shootings operated on its behalf is completely without merit, the alleged shooter's brother said Monday.

Paddock, who killed himself before police entered his room, was a resident of Mesquite, Nevada.

Unlike previous attacks claimed by ISIS, there is no indication Paddock had religious or political inclinations, nor did he leave a video message of himself pledging allegiance as some attackers have.

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But police later identified the attacker as a heavily indebted Filipino gambling addict, saying it was a botched robbery that was not terrorism-related.

The shooter's profile is also far outside the norm of any previous US -based ISIS attacker.

Isis was also linked to a vehicle and knife attack in Edmonton, Canada, where a police officer found a flag used by the group in the perpetrator's auto.

Authorities have yet to identify a motive for the shooting, and said initially there was no evidence of any connection to global terrorism.

"The attack on Las Vegas is a soldier of the Islamic state and the operation was carried out in response to appeals targeting coalition countries", states one of the communications, translated from Arabic, which ISIS sent out on October 2.

However, the group remains active in recruiting followers on social media, and has repeatedly called on its supporters to carry out attacks in Western nations.

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