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Al Shabaab urge attacks on shopping malls in new video

23 February 2015, 08:11

Johannesburg - A video purported to be by Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked rebels urges Muslims to attack shopping malls in the US, Canada, Britain and other Western countries.

In the video, released late on  Saturday, Somalia's extremist group al-Shabaab again says its September 2013 attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, was in reprisal for Kenyan military involvement in Somalia. Sixty-seven people died in the mall attack. The video, using footage from major news organisations, shows the assault on the mall.

Also read: Al Shabaab questions claims that Westgate attackers were killed

The masked narrator of the 76-minute video warns of more attacks in Kenya and calls on other Muslims to attack shopping malls, specifically mentioning the Mall of America in Minnesota, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, and the Westfield Mall in Stratford, England.

The authenticity of the video could not be immediately verified by The Associated Press.

- AP


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