Islamic State has released a new video bragging that the Las Vegas massacre was revenge for US attacks against their caliphate.
In what appears to be a desperate publicity stunt, the terror group claimed the horrific acts of Stephen Paddock, 64, were down to them, saying they radicalised him months before he shot 58 people dead and injured 527 more on Sunday night. He then committed suicide.
FBI officials rubbished the claims, saying he had no affiliation to any terrorist organisations, but the Islamic extremists took to their propaganda news agencies to spread the word.
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The latest to emerge is on the pro-ISIS Al-Battar Media Foundation who released a two-minute video in English titled Rightful Revenge, unearthed by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
The video presents excerpts from an eye- witness’s testimony about the attack, from statements by the Las Vegas Sheriff, and from an old recording by British ISIS executioner Mohamed Emawzi, who became known as Jihadi John.
In his speech, he says that attacks on Muslims would result in bloodshed in the aggressors’ home countries.
A written message appearing on the screen declares that the film is ‘a message to America and her allies from the Islamic State,’ that ‘as you kill us in our country, we will kill you in your country’.
It also shows the scene of the atrocity from above awash with blood with the caption ‘we are back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State’.
The video also singles out Donald Trump, insisting the President had ignored their previous ‘serious’ warnings.
A song, featured regularly in previous Arabic propaganda videos, plays in the background with the lyrics ‘Oh, my brothers, jihad is the way, to bring back the honour, the glorious day. The promise of Allah will always remain, the fight for his sake is the ultimate gain’.
Yesterday, the terror group put out a statement claiming shooter Stephen Paddock was a ‘soldier of the Islamic State’.
But the FBI dismissed the claim – saying there was nothing in Paddock’s background to suggest he had become a follower of Isis.
The group, which referred to the Las Vegas attacker by a nom de guerre Abu Abdal-Bar al-Ameriki, has increasingly claimed to be behind a number of attacks, only to later be found to have no link to them at all.
Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival just after 10pm Sunday night, using a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the festival as his man-made killing nest.
Using 23 rifles and thousands of bullets, he smashed two windows and sprayed bullets down for several minutes at the 22,000 festival-goers down below.
By the time the SWAT team made it to his room, the gunman had killed himself.
The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.