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Homeland Security Chief Worried About Al Shabaab Mall Threat

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, Homeland security, terrorism, warning, protection, risks, crime )

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. homeland security chief said on Sunday he takes seriously an apparent threat by Somali-based Islamist militants against prominent shopping sites in the West-


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Dee C (229)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 10:07 am
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reacting to a video attributed to al Shabaab appearing to call for attacks on Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, London's Oxford Street and sites in Paris.

Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall issued statements saying they were implementing extra security measures.

"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," Johnson told the CNN program "State of the Union," using an acronym for the militant group Islamic State.

Staff Sergeant Brent Meyer of Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police said authorities are looking into the video but "there is no evidence at this time of any specific or imminent threat to Canadians." A spokesman said London police were aware of the video and were assessing it.

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jan b (5)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 10:38 am
I personally am not concerned about my privacy these days as some people are. I want our security to do whatever it takes to weed out these barbarians that want to do harm. How they expect anyone else to embrace their way of life and religious views is beyond comprehension of people who are sane.

Howard Crosse (21)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 10:40 am
I lived in London (UK) during the terrorists attacks there in the 1980/90s, not feeling safe when you are out and about minding your own business is really awful.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 23, 2015, 2:41 am
Only peace can guarantee wellness

Dee C (229)
Monday February 23, 2015, 10:40 am
Howard..That is awful to have to live that way..I'm so sorry that is how it makes so many feel..

My older grandson was in London/Scotland on a trip when that bombing took place..It was indescribably frightening for us.. until he was home safe and sound..


Leanne B (46)
Monday February 23, 2015, 7:13 pm
Thank you Dee C. Fear is the best tool in the box!
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