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'Al-Shabaab' propaganda video calls for attacks on Western shopping centres

Al-Shabaab protesters in Nairobi in 2010. Photo: Reuters

A new propaganda video purported to be from al-Shabaab has urged Muslims to attack shopping centres across the UK and other Western countries.

The narrator appears wrapped in a black-and-white kaffiyeh-type scarf and wearing a camouflage jacket. His eyes have been edited to a blur in post-production, and he appears to speak with a slightly British accent during the 76-minute video posted on social media.

The authenticity of the video could not be confirmed.

Towards the end of the video, the narrator names several shopping centres including the Mall of America in Minnesota, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada and the UK's Westfield shopping centre. He also calls for Oxford Street to be targeted.

The Met said they were looking at the video.

The MPS Counter Terrorism Command is aware of the video and is assessing the content. We remind the public that downloading extremist material may constitute an offence.

– Met Police Statement

In the US, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called the video the "new phase" of global terrorism threat and said it was being taken seriously.

In Kenya, the government dismissed the video as dangerous propaganda.

They're using propaganda to legitimize what cannot be legitimized. When you lead a group to go and attack a shopping mall and kill innocent shoppers that cannot be legitimized, those were not soldiers.

Muslims also died in the Westgate attack. It's in our interest to ensure Somalia is stabilized because the instability affects us. The video is cheap propaganda trying to re-write history and to get more support from those support them.

– Mwenda Njoka

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