U.S. authorities said there was “no credible” evidence suggesting a mall attack was in the works after a video purported to be from Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack malls in Western countries.
A video released over the weekend urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries.
New details were released Sunday about two anti-terror operations overseas – one in Libya, the other in Somalia.
Kofi Awoonor, a Ghanaian poet, professor and former ambassador to Brazil, Cuba and the United Nations, died after being wounded in the attack, Ghana’s presidential office confirmed.
Three men facing federal terrorism charges in New York City have strong ties to the same extremist Islamic group that’s claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on an upscale Kenyan shopping mall, U.S. authorities say.
King said any time there is a terrorist attack overseas, “we have to see if there’s any possible connection to the United States.”
Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte pleaded guilty in March 2011 for conspiring to join al-Shabab, a terror group affiliated with al Qaeda.
The trial of a Somali citizen arrested by the U.S. on terrorism charges is being used as a test in how the Obama administration handles such cases.
Long Island Rep. Peter King says Wednesday’s hearing, the third of its kind, is focused on an organization which has been recruiting American citizens of Somali descent in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 21, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, accepted a plea deal, admitting they wanted to try to join an Al Qaeda-affiliated group.