Minn. ministry leader: U.S. susceptible to Kenya-style mall terror attack

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

The head of a Minnesota-based messianic Jewish ministry says the liberal politicians who control her state should be held accountable for welcoming and subsidizing the Somali immigrant community that has been a fertile recruiting ground for Islamic terrorists.

At least two of the terrorists involved in this weekend’s horrific attack at an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, had lived in the Twin Cities and were recruited by the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group al-Shabab. Congressman Peter King (R-New York) stated Sunday the group behind the attack recruited up to 50 people from Somali American communities across the U.S.

According to news reports, at least 62 people were killed in the terror attack that began on Saturday. Several of the estimated 10-15 attackers were killed by Kenyan soldiers.

Jan Markell, founder and director of Minneapolis-based Olive Tree Ministries, says the Somali community has been a real problem for the Twin Cities.

Markell, Jan (Olive Tree Ministries)"A significant percentage [of them] maintain their clan ties to the terrorists in Somalia; they maintain their animosity,” she shares with OneNewsNow. “They make no attempt at integrating themselves into the general population. They are prone to violence. And the gangs of area Somalis are mugging area people on bicycles and other venues."

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The ministry leader says in light of the Nairobi mall attack, she is fearful that the high-profile “Mall of America” in Minneapolis could be vulnerable to a similar attack, even though some in the state refuse to consider the possibility.

"The liberal, twisted mind here in Minnesota cannot possibly conceive of some of these people as being evil,” she laments. “But I and many other conservatives here in Minnesota are very concerned that this Mall of America is going to be targeted eventually – and the casualties could be astronomical."

The 2.5-million-square-foot mega-mall, located in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, houses more than 500 stores and attracts an estimated 40 million visitors a year.

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