Terrorists threaten Mall of America
An hourlong video purportedly released by Somali Islamic militants al-Shabaab specifically names the Mall of America, the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta and London’s Oxford Street. A masked man is seen in the video mentioning the Mall of America, along with a photograph of the shopping center and its GPS coordinates.
“In 2013, AL-Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The four-day siege there resulted in more than 60 deaths. The masked man wearing a camouflage jacket in the video asks: “If just a handful of mujahedeen fighters could bring Kenya to a complete standstill for nearly a week then imagine what a dedicated mujahedeen in the West could do to the American or Jewish-owned shopping centers across the world?”
“What if such an attack were to occur in the Mall of America in Minnesota? Or the West Edmonton Mall in Canada? Or in London’s Oxford Street? … What would be the implications of such an attack? One could only imagine. And all it takes is a man with firm determination … so hurry up, hasten towards heaven and do not hesitate.”
“This is gonna happen,” Omar Jamal, CEO of American Friends of Somalis, told KMSP. “The question is where it’s going to happen and when it is going to happen.”
Jim Kallstrom, the former assistant director of the FBI’s New York office, said the FBI has a “huge job in front of them.
“You look at the Mall of America, you look at all the malls then you start to backtrack and say you know it would be nice if we knew what comes and goes into the country,” Kallstrom told Fox News on Sunday. “We don’t have a clue.”
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” that “there needs to be an awareness.”
“We’re in a new phase now, and I’m afraid that this most recent video release reflects that,” Johnson said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”
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