Why ISIS claims responsibility for attacks it didn't commit

Why ISIS claims responsibility for attacks it didn't commit

The extremist group claimed that the shooter was "a soldier" who had converted to Islam months ago. "For terrorist groups, being in the news is one of the validations that they have an impact", he said.

However, FBI said that the Las Vegas Shooter had no connection to ISIS or any terrorist group.

Police stormed his 32nd floor hotel room and found that he had killed himself after committing the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Another statement said: "The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago". As Islamic State expert Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi wrote in a blog post on Monday, releasing the statement through Amaq gives the Islamic State plausible deniability if no connection between the group and the gunman emerges. "The idea that the Islamic State simply scans the news in search of mass killings, then sends out press releases in hope of stealing glory, is false", Atlantic National Correspondent and author Graeme Wood noted Monday on why the claim should be taken seriously. The gunman, identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64- year-old retired accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself before officers stormed Room 135 in the gold-colored glass skyscraper. The U.S. authorities have not given any information about his religious background.

Three years after it declared its so-called Islamic caliphate across huge swaths of Syria and Iraq, ISIS has lost most of the territory and is on the run in its few remaining bastions.

More than 50 people have been confirmed dead and 200 injured in the shooting, making it the deadliest in USA history.

The Isis group does not claim credit for every attack but often claims the ones by individuals inspired by its message but with no known links to the group.

"More likely, ISIS's supporters will believe what the group says and not what is proven beyond a doubt by the Western media", Clarke added.

In June, the group claimed an attack by a gunman who ignited a casino fire that left 36 people dead in the Philippine capital, Manila.

Before Sunday, the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history took place in June 2016, when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people.

An intercepted ISIS communication from October 2 claims credit for the shooting in Las Vegas on October 1.