ISIS claims Las Vegas shooting, says attacker converted to Islam recently

A victim is carried out after a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Oct 1, 2017.
A victim is carried out after a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Oct 1, 2017.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a shooting that killed at least 50 people and wounded over 400 in Las Vegas early on Monday, and said the attacker had converted to Islam a few months ago.

"The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition," the group's propaganda agency Amaq said in reference to the US-led coalition fighting the group in the Middle East.

"The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago," Amaq added.

Two senior US officials say no evidence at this time that the shooter is connected to any international militant group.

This story is developing.