Las Vegas attack: Isis claims responsibility

At least 50 people are dead after last night's massacre

The gunman was able to cause chaos by firing down on the venue

Monday, October 2, 2017

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the massacre in Las Vegas last night.

A statement carried by Isis' Amaq news agency claims the massacre was perpetrated by a "soldier of the Islamic State."

At least 50 people were killed when a lone gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Vegas, with 400 people reportedly injured - making it the bloodiest mass shooting in US history. 

The gunman was able to fire down on the festival from the upper floor of a neighbouring building with an automatic rifle, spreading chaos as people tried to flee the venue.

The gunman has been identified by various media outlets as Stephen Paddock, citing police sources.

Paddock is described as a man in his 60s who had previously been seen gambling in Vegas. It is not known whether he had any formal ties to any terror or extremist group.

Isis regularly claims responsibility for major atrocities, even when the group has no involvement whatsoever.

However it has been reported that Isis, which is battling to hold on to its few remaining strongholds in Syria, had been planning a major attack in Las Vegas, and this had placed police on high alert.

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