It appears an attempted terror attack on activists at a California mall was thwarted, but authorities won’t discuss details or the Muslim suspect in the incident.
The situation only came to light after one of the potential targets of the terror attack spoke with Laura Loomer at Big League Politics, who posted an exclusive report.
The victim, Steve Amundson of the Counter Jihad Coalition (CTC), hosts a booth at a local mall warning about the dangers of radical Islam in American culture.
On July 7, Amundson was confronted by a Muslim who opposed his efforts. After a heated discussion, the suspect left, but left behind a backpack underneath the booth table. That sparked a bomb scare.
On Saturday, July 7, 2018, Amundson was at the Los Cerritos shopping mall with a pastor passing out literature about Islam and the threat is poses to America and other Western nations.
While passing out literature, Amundson says an unidentified Muslim man who was wearing a backpack approached his colleague. According to Amundson, the Muslim man became irate and began arguing with the Pastor who was sitting at the table. Before leaving the table, Amundson says he witnessed the Muslim man strategically place his backpack underneath the CJC booth and walk away.
When Amundson saw the man walk away without his backpack, he said he immediately asked his colleague, the Pastor, whether or not he knew the man and if he was watching his backpack for him. When the Pastor said no, Amundson immediately alerted the mall security.
What makes the situation unusual is how the authorities handled the situation.
Two Muslim women approached the booth and began cursing at the CJC’s booth operators, calling them liars. Mall security observed the hostile interaction and began speaking to the two women. It was at that moment when the two Muslim women distracted security that a white haired Muslim male walked over to the booth and slid his backpack under that table.
AMUNDSON TOLD BIG LEAGUE POLITICS THAT AFTER HE ALERTED MALL SECURITY, THEY APPROACHED THE MAN AND ASKED HIM IF THE BACKPACK WAS HIS. THE MAN SAID THE BACKPACK DID BELONG TO HIM, BUT HE THEN REFUSED TO RETRIEVE HIS BACKPACK THAT HE HAD PLACED UNDERNEATH THE CJC BOOTH BEFORE WALKING AWAY.
After a discussion with security, the Muslim man walked away with security, and security carefully took the backpack.
In the days that followed, however, the authorities covered up the incident and refused to follow up with Amundson on what happened or what exactly was in the backpack. In his interview with Loomer, he said the suspect’s demeanor made it appear as if the backpack could have contained an explosive. He also wondered if this was a practice run for a future attack, a tactic “lone-wolf” jihadists have employed.
“I told security he left a backpack underneath our booth. The Muslim refused to take the backpack. We started to take cover behind cement pillars and told security to either call the bomb squad or have the guy pick up the backpack,” Amundson said. “He finally agreed to very carefully pick it up and security escorted him away. Security will not say at least right now if he was arrested, if the bomb squad was called or what. Was this a dry run or the real thing”?
According to Amundson, it is unknown whether mall security or police searched the Muslim man’s backpack, and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office has not yet released a statement about the events that transpired.
The incident was never reported on local news, and it appears mall security and police may have tried to downplay the possible terror attack to avoid panic or hysteria around the mall, which would affect business.
Neither mall security nor the Sheriff’s office will comment on the situation. They would not inform Amundson what was found in the backpack.
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