*U.S. officials say we should be vigilant since terror group Al-Shabaab put out a video on Saturday that threatens attacks on U.S. shopping malls, and in Canada and the U.K., according to CNN.
In the video the al Qaeda-linked terror group brags about its deadly September 2013 attack on a mall in Kenya, the report says, where more than 60 people died at an upscale mall in Nairob. CNN says the video is a threat to malls in the three Western countries.
The report also states that the Mall of America in Minnesota – which has a huge African population – is aware that it was named in the video as a potential target. “We take any potential threat seriously and respond appropriately,” the Minnesota mall said in a statement, CNN writes. “We have implemented extra security precautions, some may be noticeable to guests and others won’t be.”
The West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, also brought in extra security and is working with federal and local law enforcement agencies, CNN writes.
But vigilance is key and CNN reports that secretary of homeland security, Jeh Johnson, said on Sunday: “If anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particularly careful.”
“There will be enhanced security there,” he said, “but public vigilance, public awareness and public caution in situations like this is particularly important, and it’s the environment we’re in, frankly.”
See the video report below.