Mall of America increases security after attack in Kenya


The Mall of America has boosted security following the terrorist attack at an upscale mall in Kenya, KARE 11 reports.

In a statement to the media, mall officials do not offer specifics, noting, "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 [Kenya] situation, along with law enforcement, and will remain vigilant as we always do in similar situations."

The action comes in the wake of an attack that began Saturday at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in which gunmen killed at least 68 people and engaged in a standoff with police for several days. The Somalia-based terrorist group Al-Shabab claimed credit for the attack.

CNN checks in with Mall of America officials, who explain that twice a month the Bloomington mall holds a security drill in which a voice comes over the public address system and directs everyone, including customers, to take shelter in back rooms of mall stores.

"I think that if you're looking for a hundred percent safety, you should probably wrap yourself in bubble wrap and never leave home," Doug Reynolds, security director of the Mall of America, told CNN.

About 43 million people a year visit the mall, which CNN notes is in a metro area that is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S. CNN notes that at about two dozen young men have left Minnesota for Somalia to fight for Al-Shabab.

No direct link has been confirmed that would tie Minnesota to the Kenya attack, although officials have said they suspect Al-Shabab continues to actively recruit in Minnesota.

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