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Islamic state claims Las Vegas shooting, U.S. officials sceptical

Islamic state claims Las Vegas shooting, U.S. officials sceptical

The extremist group claimed that the shooter was "a soldier" who had converted to Islam months ago.

The FBI said there is no proof the attack was linked to an worldwide terrorist group.

At least 59 people were killed and almost 530 others wounded when Stephen Paddock allegedly opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas from a nearby hotel high-rise.

The FBI said Monday there is "no connection" between worldwide terrorist groups and the gunman who killed 59 people and injured at least 527 more in Las Vegas Sunday night, pushing back on the Islamic State's claim that it had directed the deadly attack.

Police said the 64-year-old white American opened fire from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, where he had multiple weapons and is believed to have killed himself.

Stephen Paddock was a "crusader", the Islamic State claims without evidence.

But one of the two U.S. officials discounted Islamic State's claim of responsibility and said there was reason to believe that the shooter, whom police identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, had a history of psychological problems.

In a later statement from Islamic State, the militant group referred to the Las Vegas attacker by a nom de guerre of "Abu Abd al-Bar al-Ameriki". Unfortunately, web surfers were learning and spreading false information about the worst mass shooting in the modern USA history.

The recent claims are a far cry from the carnage in Paris in November 2015 that killed 130 people, or the 2016 suicide bombings that ripped through Brussels airport and subway, killing 32 and injuring 320. The group also claimed a knife attack on Sunday that killed two women in Marseille, France, but French authorities say they have found no link between the attacker and ISIS.

However, the group remains active in recruiting followers on social media, and has repeatedly called on its supporters to carry out attacks in Western nations.

Before Sunday, the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history took place in June 2016, when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people. It claimed an attack on a Philippine casino on June 2, 2017, where a gunman had killed 36 people.

The shooter, Omar Mateen, had pledged allegiance to Isis and it claimed the attack.