NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — U.S. Rep. Peter King said Sunday night that it’s possible that Americans are were among those who launched an brutal terrorist attack, which has since turned into a standoff at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
King, who serves on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, said Americans are known to be members of al-Shabab, the rebel group based in Somalia and linked to al-Qaeda.
“It’s an extremely deadly organization — very well trained — and it’s one of the only al-Qaeda affiliates which actively recruited here in the United States,” King said. “There are at least 40 to 50 Somali-Americans who have gone to Somalia to be trained.”
King also said Sunday that the United States is performing its due diligence to ensure Saturday’s attack on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, does not indicate the U.S. is under any imminent threat. But he advised Americans not to disrupt their lives.
In an interview with WCBS 880’s Monica Miller on Sunday morning, King (R-N.Y.) said he’s unaware of any possible threat from al-Shabab, the al-Qaida-linked militant group that has claimed responsibility for the mall attack that left 59 people dead and at least 175 others wounded.
King said any time there is a terrorist attack overseas, “we have to see if there’s any possible connection to the United States.”