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Terrorist group threatens Mall of America in video

The Mall of America increased security on Saturday after a terror group linked to al-Qaida released an online video that appears to call for attacks on shopping centers, including the Bloomington, Minn., mall.

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The Mall of America increased security on Saturday after a terror group linked to al-Qaida released an online video that appears to call for attacks on shopping centers, including the Bloomington, Minn., mall.
Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab specifically named the Mall of America, the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, and London’s Oxford Street in the hour-long video, according to CBS News.
Federal law enforcement officials told CBS News that they are investigating the video.
Mall of America officials released a statement Saturday saying that they were aware of the video “that was recently released which included a mention and images of the Mall.”
“We will continue to monitor events with the help of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies,” the statement said. “As always, we take any potential threat seriously and respond appropriately. Mall of America has implemented extra security precautions, some may be noticeable to guests, and others won’t be. We will continue to follow the situation, along with law enforcement, and will remain vigilant as we always do in similar situations. The safety and security of our guests, employees and tenants remains our top priority.”
In 2013, al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya; more than 60 people were killed in the four-day siege.
On Friday, the Somali-based group claimed responsibility for suicide attacks at a hotel in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, that left 25 people dead and 40 wounded.
The Pioneer Press is a media partner with the Forum News Service

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