The Islamic State has claimed the Las Vegas concert shooting

The Islamic State has claimed the Las Vegas concert shooting which left at least 58 people dead and hundreds injured. However, US officials have said there is no known link to international terrorism.

The group claimed that the suspected gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, converted to Islam a few months ago, through Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s official Amaq news channel.

They said the attack, the deadliest mass shooting in US history, was carried out by a ‘soldier’ of the caliphate and was done ‘in response to calls to target coalition countries.’

Isil often claims attacks by individuals inspired by its message but with no known links to the group.

The wording was similar to other claims made by Isil where attacks were inspired rather than directed by the jihadist group.

US officials have said they are examining the claim, but are yet to find any evidence linking the shooter, who fired as many as 300 rounds from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, to any organised terrorist group.

Police said Paddock, of Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself after the shooting and that there was reason to believe that he had a history of psychological problems.

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