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Mall of America steps up security, police do not, in wake of Paris tragedy


The Mall of America has told KARE 11 it is implementing "extra security precautions" following the terrorist attacks in Paris, but local police are satisfied with their existing security.

The megamall in Bloomington said it will "continue to follow the situation" in France, after responsibility for the attacks was claimed by the Islamic State Saturday, and told the TV station it "will remain vigilant as we always do."

Bloomington Police, however, has told the Associated Press that it already has an increased presence at the mall as is typical around the holiday season, and as of Saturday said no specific threat has been directed toward it.

You can read more about the experiences of Minnesotans currently in Paris here.

The mall, which is Minnesota's biggest tourist destination, attracting more than 40 million visitors last year, was mentioned in a video by African terrorist group Al-Shabaab back in February, when the group urged Muslims to attack the mall.

Security was heightened in the wake of this threat and procedures tightened at the mall, but there has been no word of any further threat since then.

The NFL meanwhile has said security at Sunday's games will be tightened in the wake of the attacks, and have advised fans attending the games not to bring any bags with them that aren't seen through.

This could impact Vikings fans who have made the trip to Oakland for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Twin Cities show solidarity for Paris

Elsewhere, the Twin Cities is responding to the Paris attacks, with the Star Tribune reporting that the Minnesota Orchestra dedicated its Orchestra Hall performance on Friday to the people of France.

The attacks have also been condemned by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, with executive director Jaylani Hussain saying the people responsible for "these heinous attacks" should be "apprehended and brought to justice."

The Alliance Française of the Twin Cities cultural center announced it will lead a memorial march Sunday from its building at 113 1st St. N, across the Hennepin Bridge to the Basilica of St. Mary in time for a 3 p.m. service.

Uber is also doing its bit – courtesy of BringMeTheNews' Melissa Turtinen:

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