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Paul Sperry: Kenya Style Mall Attack Happened In 2007 Shooting In Salt Lake City By Muslim Sulejman Talovic

October 13, 2013

Could the Kenya attack happen here? It did.


After Islamic gunmen attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, the collective reaction from the US media was to speculate whether such terror could happen here, as if a jihadist assault on a mall inside America had never before been tried.

CNN was typical: "Can it happen here? Yes, say security experts, but it hasn't."

News flash: it did.

On the evening of Feb. 12, 2007, a young Muslim man walked into the Trolley Square mall in Salt Lake City with a pistol-grip, 12-gauge shotgun and a 38-caliber revolver and opened fire on shoppers, killing five and wounding four others, including a pregnant woman.

Police say he "sought to kill as many people as possible." He had a backpack full of ammunition, enough firepower to massacre dozens of innocent people. But fortunately, an off-duty cop returned fire and eventually, with the help of other police, put an end to the terrorist's life and grand plans...

The shooter was Sulejmen Talovic, an 18-year-old Bosnian immigrant named after Suleiman the Magnificent, the 16th-century jihadist-turned-sultan.

...As early as 2004, police were called to Talovic's school after it was discovered that he was looking at Tek-9 semiautomatic firearms on the Internet and boasting that his "grandfather was in the jihad."

It was a reference to the 1990s holy war between Bosnian Muslims and Christian Serbs in which his grandfather was reportedly killed.

Apparently, Talovic had prepared for his own martydom. He told a friend before the attack that "tomorrow is going to be the happiest day of my life, but it will happen only once."..

...It's plain that jihadists already have targeted America's easy-to-enter malls for attack, and are likely plotting an assault even more brutal than Nairobi, which terror experts believe was a "dry run" for a more spectacular event here at home. Question is, what are our willfully blind authorities really doing to stop them?

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