The Islamic State (EI) group claimed on Monday responsibility for the shooting that caused at least 59 deaths last night in Las Vegas. According to the jihadist organization, the shooter ” had converted to Islam a few months ago “. The man, Stephen Paddock, a resident of the city, committed suicide before the arrival of the police.
It was through its official propaganda organ, Amaq, and the Telegram messaging application, that the Islamic State group claimed on Monday the murderous shooting in Las Vegas, presenting its author by his war name “Abu Abd el-Bir al-Amriki”, an American sexagenarian, as ” a soldier of the Islamic State “.
Perched in an adjoining, overworked hotel, the shooter was identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, a retired accountant living in the town of Mesquite 120 km from Las Vegas. The man had no criminal record and was unknown to the police. He apparently committed suicide before the police reached him. Using a tool like a hammer, the shooter had broken the windows of his room to better adjust his shots.
The death toll has been revised several times by the local authorities, rising to 59 dead and 527 injured. It is the largest mass murder in the last 25 years in the United States.
On Thursday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the EI, was out of a long silence to ask his fighters in Syria and Iraq to ” resist ” while calling for further attacks on ” enemies ” of the group. He had thus called ” the soldiers of the caliphate and the heroes of Islam ” to pursue their ” jihad ” and their attacks. In his statement, the EI group explained that the Las Vegas attack was carried out in response to this call.
As a result of the EI group’s claim, two senior US government officials said there was no evidence to link the Las Vegas shooter to any terrorist organization. The FBI has confirmed for its part the absence ” so far ” of link with the jihadist entity.
In general, there is always a background of truth behind the claims of the IE
Speaking in an address, Donald Trump did not comment on the status of the investigation and did not mention the claim of the jihadist group ” Yesterday [Sunday note] evening, a man opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas. He brutally murdered more than 50 people in an act that represents absolute evil, “he said, adding that he would travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday. “Our unity cannot be broken by evil, our ties cannot be defeated by violence,” he added. The US president observed a minute of silence at the White House in memory of the victims of the killing.
Several thousand ammunition at the shooter’s home
The police issued a search warrant for the shooter’s companion, Marilou Danley. The police were finally able to talk to her. She is abroad, unspecified of the country, and is not suspected of being involved. The killer’s brother, Eric Paddock, appeared stunned in front of the cameras. His brother, he said, had “no religious or political affiliation” and “was not at all a fan of weapons” and “he liked to play in casinos“.
On Monday night, police searched the shooter’s home in Mesquite, 120 kilometers from Las Vegas, where they found weapons, explosives, and ammunition. Investigators found” more than 18 more firearms, explosives and several thousand ammunition, as well as electronics that we are currently investigating,” said Las Vegas sheriff Joseph Lombardo at a conference Press. The investigators have not yet found a message from the suspect who can explain his act, he said.
– Pope Francois said he was ” deeply saddened ” by the ” meaningless tragedy ”
– French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his emotion, saying that the victims had died from ” contemporary violence ”
– Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to Donald Trump in a telegram calling the attack a ” crime ” that ” shocks his cruelty ”
– In France, the Eiffel Tower was extinct Monday evening, in tribute to the victims