In an ISIS propaganda video, the city of Las Vegas has appeared as a potential terror target.
The attack in Las Vegas was one of the most terrifying crimes in American history, which left dozens of Mandalay Bay-area country concert-goers killed and another 500-plus injured. It’s been weeks since the massacre happened but authorities still don’t know the motives behind the ordeal.
Back in May, ISIS actually sent out a propaganda video threatening Las Vegas.
The U.S. intelligence agencies discovered the new video on an ISIS website. The video calls for lone wolf attacks. Though it doesn’t name Las Vegas — it does show images of the Strip, including Caesar’s Palace, the Bellagio Hotel, and other famous South Las Vegas Boulevard icons.
The message in the video is reportedly clear — ISIS wants supporters to carry out attacks in the West.
The video, spanning 44 minutes, specifically called for attacks against U.S. cities affiliated to the one against the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, who had sworn allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, committed the attack in June of 2016. Mateen was able to shoot and kill 49 and injure dozens more before he was shot dead by cops.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Christopher Darcy, who heads up the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “I think anytime somebody goes on the Internet and makes a threat, that they’re going to conduct a lone-wolf or any type of attack, it’s our responsibility to view it as a credible threat. It would be irresponsible not to take any threat as credible, especially when made by a group such as ISIS, who has in fact carried out attacks in the past.”
The video included statements from radical Islamic terrorists calling on Muslims living in the West to carry out attacks on civilians.
According to The Daily Mail, “As images of The Strip, as well as New York Time’s Square and Washington, D.C., flash across the screen, ISIS spokesman Abu Al-Hassan Al-Muhajir is heard urging long wolf attacks in America, Russia and Europe, according to an analysis of the video by the Middle East Research Institute.”
And Al-Hassan says: “Make sure they are preoccupied with their own safety, thus diverting their attention away from your Caliphate.”
So was this Las Vegas massacre tied to ISIS? No one can tell yet but maybe it is time for us to wake up and do something for America.