Mall of America Tightens Security in Wake of Kenya Attack

Updated: 09/25/2013 8:29 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Mall of America
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The Mall of America has stepped up security following the deadly attack by the Somali militant group al-Shabab at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
    
Officials at the Bloomington mall say some of the extra security precautions will be noticeable and some won't be. Millions of people visit the mall and its 500 stores each year. Mall of America says the safety of its guests, tenants and employees is top priority.
    
Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S. At least 22 young men have traveled to Somalia since 2007 to join al-Shabab and the FBI says its investigation of the terror group's recruiting remains a priority. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven says there's no confirmation of any American involvement in the Nariobi attack that the U.S. government says has killed 61 civilians.

Here is the complete statement:

Mall of America continues to monitor the tragic events unfolding in Kenya with the help of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. We are deeply saddened by the events and our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. 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 situation, along with law enforcement, and will remain vigilant as we always do in similar situations. The safety and security of our guests, employees and tenants remains our top priority.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.