The City of Las Vegas has emerged once again as a potential terror target in an ISIS propaganda video. In the video that calls for lone wolf attacks, several Strip properties were prominently displayed.
U.S. intelligence agencies discovered the new video on an ISIS website last week, according to Newsweek who reported the video’s content shortly after it was found.
In a story you’ll read only on 8 News NOW, counter-terrorism authorities sent notices to Strip hotels to be vigilant.
There’s no word on when the video was shot, but the message is very clear: ISIS wants supporters to carry out attacks in the West.
“Las Vegas has kind of been a terrorism target for a long time,” said Dave Shepherd, consultant, retired FBI agent.
Shepherd says the continued threats have kept law enforcement officers and hotel properties on alert.
“It’s a matter of passing information, understanding exactly what’s going on in the city, what’s good, what’s bad, and that’s a daily occurrence,” Shepherd said.
The latest video is the second time ISIS has featured Las Vegas in its terrorism recruitment videos. The first feature was in June 2016. Four months later, lawmakers passed the ‘More Cops Tax,’ which pays for more than 60 additional police officers to patrol the Las Vegas Strip.
According to the Clark County Sheriff, Joe Lombardo, concern had been building for awhile.
“It’s hard not to lose sleep at night over the fear of terrorism,” Sheriff Lombardo said in a candid conversation with Patrick Walker in July 2015.
During the exclusive interview, Sheriff Lombardo also spoke about violent extremism and terrorism.
Walker: “What concerns do you have with ISIS here in Las Vegas?”
Sheriff Lombardo: “Well, I wouldn’t put a title in particular to ISIS. I would say any terrorism group would consider Las Vegas a target.”
After recent lone-wolf style attacks around the world, the video advocates vehicle attacks. However, it does not specifically mention Las Vegas in that portion.
But, Las Vegas’ constantly changing landscape makes it quite challenging for police to monitor.
“Groups are always looking at other ways to try to get something done, so you always have to stay one step ahead of them,” Shepard said.
In a statement, the Nevada Resort Association did not confirm nor deny receiving the advisory, but the organization did say, “We are in regular, frequent communication on issues that impact our entire community, especially the Las Vegas resort corridor.”