Al-Shabaab offentliggjorde en timelang video lørdag der de ba sympatisører slå til mot kjøpesentra i Canada og USA.
The Mall i Minnesota, ble spesifikt nevnt. Det er USAs største, men det er også delstaten med flest somaliere, og flere er blitt tatt for å ha vervet seg til al-Shabaab.
U.S. security officials are urging Americans to be vigilant after al Qaeda’s Somali affiliate, al-Shabaab, released an hour-long video on Saturday calling homegrown extremists to attack Western malls, including those in the U.K., Canada — and even the U.S.
The video urges violence at the country’s biggest shopping center, the Mall of America. It’s the first time the group has threatened U.S. shopping malls.
Al Shabaab is the group responsible for the September 2013 assault on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that left 67 people dead.
Although no specific plot has been identified, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned Americans to be alert.
«We’re in a new phase now and I’m afraid that this most recent video release reflects that,» he cautioned. «The reason I think we’re all concerned about this is because it encourages independent actors, who could strike with very little notice.»
One more reason authorities are concerned by the threat against the Mall of America is it’s located near Minneapolis in Minnesota. The terrorist group al-Shabaab has recruited fighters from the Muslim population in that region before.