ISIS Jihadist terror group calls for attacks on Western malls

February 24, 2015 12:37 am

homeland security chief Jeh Johnson urged shoppers to be on their
guard after an Islamic militant group posted a video calling for attacks
by radicalized Muslims on western malls, including the Mall of America.
“I
would say that if anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America
today, they’ve got to be particularly careful,” Johnson said on CNN’s
“State of the Union.”
The mall, located in Minnesota and
reputedly the world’s largest with 40 million visitors a year, said it
had taken extra security measures in response to the threat by the
Shebab, a Somalia-based insurgent group.

Outside of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, which has been specifically named in a terror threat. Photo / AP
Shebab carried out a bloody attack and takeover of a mall in Nairobi in September 2013 that killed at least 67 people.
In
a video posted on the internet, the group ran a documentary-style
account of the Westgate Mall attack, followed by an appearance by a
masked fighter who suggested similar attacks could be carried out on
other malls in the , Canada and Britain.

“If just a handful of mujahideen fighters could bring Kenya to
a complete stand-still for nearly a week, just imagine what the
dedicated mujahideen could do in the West to American or Jewish shopping
centers across the world,” the militant said.
“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?” he said.
The video was picked up by SITE, a group that monitors jihadist websites.
“This
latest statement from al-Shebab reflects the new phase we’ve evolved to
in the global terrorist threat in that you have groups such as
al-Shebab, ISIL, publicly calling for independent actors in their home
lands to carry out attacks,” said Johnson, who is the US Secretary of
Homeland Security.
“We’re beyond the phase now where these groups
would send foreign operatives into countries after being trained
someplace,” he added.
He said he was “very concerned” about the potential threat such independent actors pose.
“Any time they call for an attack against a specific place, we’ve got to take that seriously,” he said.

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