As predicted long, long ago (see also HERE and HERE). Wherever there are women, children and elderly… They will go after schools, malls, hospitals and any other target that hits the hardest in the American mind. The sleeper cells are here and they’re waiting for the green light.
Johannesburg: A video purported to be by Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked rebels urges Muslims to attack shopping malls in the US, Canada, Britain and other Western countries.
The masked narrator of the 76-minute video warns of more attacks in Kenya and calls on other Muslims to attack shopping malls, specifically mentioning the Mall of America in Minnesota, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, and the Westfield Mall in Stratford, England.
“This latest statement from al Shabaab reflects the new phase we’ve evolved to in the global terrorist threat, in that you have groups such as al Shabaab and ISIL publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks,” Jeh Johnson told the CNN program “State of the Union,” using an acronym for the militant group Islamic State.
“We’re beyond the phase now where these groups would send foreign operatives into countries after being trained some place,” Mr Johnson said.
Asked specifically about the threat to Mall of America, one of the world’s largest shopping complexes, he said: “Anytime a terrorist organisation calls for an attack on a specific place, we’ve got to take that seriously.”
“I would say that if anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particularly careful.”
Minnesota is home to a sizeable Somali population.
Full article: Extremists urge attacks on shopping malls in US, UK, Canada (Sydney Morning Herald)