Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab is calling on jihadis in the West to target North America’s largest shopping center, the West Edmonton Mall.
The call to arms comes towards the end of a 76-minute video posted on YouTube that shows a masked man boasting about the group’s 2013 machine gun and grenade attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, which left 67 dead and 175 wounded. The massacre’s perpetrators said it was retaliation for Kenyan and Western intervention in Somalia.
“We call upon our Muslim brothers, particularly those in the West, to answer the call of Allah and target the disbelievers wherever they are,” the man in the video says in accented English.
“If just a handful of Mujahadeen fighters could bring Kenya to a complete standstill for nearly a week, then imagine what a dedicated Mujaheddin in the West could do to the American or Jewish-owned shopping centers across the world. What if such an attack was to occur in the Mall of America in Minnesota or the West Edmonton Mall in Canada?”
The Edmonton mall, which attracts over 30 million visitors every year and, like the Mall of America, is owned by Canada’s Ghermezian family who are of Iranian-Jewish origin, issued a press statement Sunday saying that it was “aware of the video” and would continue to “monitor events with the help of federal and local law enforcement agencies.” The mall says it has also beefed up security and implemented “extra security precautions; some may be noticeable to guests, and others won’t be.”