The wording of the release is similar to other attacks that have been inspired, rather than directed, by Isis.But Paddock's alleged suicide would differ from the actions of the vast majority of Isis attackers, who seek to be “martyred” in bombings or by security forces, suggesting he had little, if any, guidance from the group.
Shiraz Maher, deputy director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), said the statement was authentic but it was too early to confirm Isis involvement.
“We can say the message is definitely coming from Isis, but whether Isis is just doing this as psychological warfare against the US remains to be seen,” he told “The more we learn about the history of the gunman, the more we will know.
A statement published by the group's Amaq propaganda agency claimed the attacker was a “soldier of the Islamic State”.
“The Las Vegas attacker is a soldier of the Islamic State in response to calls to target coalition countries,” it said.
“As this event unfolds we have determined to this point no connection with an international terrorist group,” he added.
“As this investigation continues we will continue to work with our partners.” Isis’ claim, which cannot be independently verified, came days after it released a speech purporting to be from the group's leader.“CMA apologizes for the recently distributed restrictions in the CMA Awards media guidelines, which have since been lifted,“ it said in a statement.”The sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best of intentions to honor and celebrate Country Music.” The original guidelines included a warning saying that media that did not follow the rules risked being excluded from covering the event.And also the theme of the show this year is very much about unity, and coming together as a format.” Paisley was one of those voices that urged CMA to rescind the restrictions.Isis has claimed responsibility for the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history as it continues to lose territory in its self-declared “caliphate”.The same issue named concert halls and entertainment venues among target locations because of the density of contained crowds, citing the “blessed” massacres at the Bataclan during the Paris attacks and Omar Mateen’s shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando as “outstanding” examples.