The Islamic State doubled-down on previous claims that the man behind the worst mass shooting in American history had converted to Islam six months ago, and carried out the devastating attacks as an ISIS soldier.
The terror group renewed its claims in the 16-page edition of ‘Naba’, its weekly newsletter; saying Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old former accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, secretly converted to an Islamic fighter half a year ago.
“Las Vegas attacker is a soldier of the Islamic State who carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting coalition countries,” said the ISIS newsletter.
“The brother Abu Abdul Barr stationed himself for the invasion on the 32nd floor of a hotel overlooking a concert, and opened fire continuously on the crowds using 23 guns and more than 2,000 rounds, and died, may Allah accept him, after exhausting his ammunition,” the author adds.
The SITE Intelligence Group posted their assessment of the terror groups claims on social media, saying “#ISIS featured an infographic on #LasVegas attack & indicated the shooter, “Abu Abdul Barr al-Amriki,” converted 6 months ago.”
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) October 5, 2017
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) October 5, 2017
Police are desperately searching for a motive as to why Stephen Paddock, a millionaire who recently purchased a $400,000 home, would go on to commit the deadliest shooting in US history. Paddock opened fire from his 32nd story hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort, killing 59 people and injuring over 500 as they attended a country music festival in Las Vegas.