Police Chief: No terrorist threats to Westfield mall in Milford

Local police say they know of no terrorist threats against the Westfield Connecticut Post mall in Milford, but they have taken steps to address safety here following a recent threat to malls in the United States.

According to the Washington Post, a video released Saturday and purported to be from the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab, called for attacks on malls in the United States, Canada and Britain. The video used footage of the 2013 attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi and specifically mentioned the Mall of America, in Bloomington, Minn.; West Edmonton Mall in Canada; and Westfield mall in Stratford, England, among others, as potential targets.

The Milford mall is also owned by Westfield, but the Milford Police Department is not aware of “any specific credible threat” to the mall here, according to Police Chief Keith Mello.

“We are certainly fully aware of the Al Shabaab video that was released,” Mello said. “While the video is new, the Milford Police Department and our partners have maintained an enhanced awareness to shopping centers for many years now.

“The public can be confident that we have taken the appropriate steps, some that are visible and some that are not, to address this recent threat,” Mello added.

The chief said he reminds residents to report any suspicious activity or packages to the Milford Police Department.

There are three Westfield malls in Connecticut — in Milford, Trumbull and Meriden.

“The Milford Police Department, as always, will continue to work with our regional partners, including the Westfield Post Mall, to ensure that our citizens enjoy a safe environment when visiting the mall,” Mello said.