'White Widow' Samantha Lewthwaite feared to be behind Nairobi shopping mall mass

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'White Widow' Samantha Lewthwaite feared to be behind Nairobi shopping mall massacre
   23 Sep 2013 00:01       

The wife of 7/7 suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay is 'prime suspect' in attack, which has so far killed 68 people including three Brits
 
 

   

   
Samantha Lewthwaite is 'prime suspect' Samantha Lewthwaite is 'prime suspect'
Daily Mirror
 

Two innocent children stand bewildered beside the body of a man gunned down in the Nairobi shopping mall massacre .

The youngsters, one clutching two chocolate bars, were caught up in the atrocity that has left at least 68 dead – including three Brits.

Just yards away explosions and gunfire rang out as Kenyan troops moved from shop to shop in a series of firefights with crazed terrorists and late last night tweeted they had freed most hostages.

And last night it was feared that one of the ringleaders of the bloody attack is a British mother of three.

Fanatical Samantha Lewthwaite , dubbed the White Widow, is a key member of al-Shabaab, the militant group which has claimed responsibility for the slaughter.

The British soldier’s daughter, from Aylesbury, Bucks, is an Islam convert whose husband was one of the suicide bombers in the 7/7 attacks on London.

Unconfirmed sources claimed that 29-year-old Lewthwaite may even be among the masked gun gang still under siege in the Westgate mall last night.

Terrified children wait by the body of a man after escaping from the Westgate shopping centre Terrified children wait by the body of a man after escaping from the shopping centre
Reuters
 

An image on social networking websites appeared to show a balaclava-clad white woman holding a gun.

In a Twitter message terror group al-Shabaab praised the White Widow and boasted that she was with them.

On a site that has been repeatedly closed down, they wrote: “Sherafiyah lewthwaite aka samantha is a vrave (sic) lady! were happier to have her in our ranks!” In another posting they warned: “This is no more than a drill for a bigger event!”

The bloodbath has left at least 175 seriously injured, including children as young as two. It began at about 1pm on Saturday when up to 15 heavily armed fanatics stormed the plush complex in the north west of the city and opened fire as they chanted jihad slogans.

One mum who was at a kids’ cookery event in the mall told how she tried to protect 30 to 40 children as the bullets flew. Kamal Kaur said: “People were hysterical. The terrorists threw two grenades at us and they shot at us. My son, who is eight, just missed being shot.

“My daughter was pulling him down and I was trying to pull the little boy next to him out of the way. Unfortunately a bullet or a grenade bounced off the wall and it hit the boy in his neck and chest area. He fell over, bleeding profusely. I was telling all the children to lie flat – just lie there and not scream or shout, just keep calm.”

Within minutes of the carefully planned assault pools of blood smeared the pristine hallways and scores of bodies lay strewn across the floor.

At one burger bar, a man and woman lay in a final embrace after being killed. The shooters targeted non-Muslims by asking them the name of the Prophet Muhammad’s mother before mercilessly slaying those who did not know.

The city’s four hospitals struggled to cope with the number of wounded.

Terrified patients besieged casualty units as volunteers helped distraught relatives find their loved ones.

Briton Neil Saville, believed to work for global development company Dalberg in Nairobi, was among the wounded. He was undergoing surgery at the Aga Khan hospital last night after being shot in the chest.

 


Nairobi Shopping Centre Attack


Colleague Jason Wendle said: “Thankfully he is stable and it is not life threatening, but we’re all in shock.”

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu confirmed reports of a white woman among the terror gang. A Kenyan police source said: “Samantha Lewthwaite is target number one.”

As security forces prepared to launch a final assault last night in an attempt to end the bloodshed, government officials revealed the fanatics were holding at least 30 hostages.

A senior source said: “There is a strong possibility that Samantha Lewthwaite could be one of the terrorists. We have reports that at least one, possibly two women were involved in this siege.”

He added: “There are strong indications Lewthwaite has the capability and influence within al-Shabaab to carry out such an atrocity.”

Lewthwaite, whose Muslim fundamentalist husband Jermaine Lindsay, blew himself up on a Piccadilly Line train during the 7/7 attacks in 2005, is also wanted over a bomb plot to kill hundreds of British tourists in Mombasa. Together with her British accomplice Jermaine Grant, the pair were days away from carrying out their attack before being arrested in December 2011.

Grant from East London, is due to stand trial in Mombasa today. He was snared before their deadly plan succeeded but Lewthwaite escaped and has been on the run ever since. She recently wrote on her blog: “Fear can make you do many things.”

David Cameron condemned the latest atrocity. He said: “These terrorists do not represent Islam or Muslims in Britain or anywhere else in the world.”

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta last night vowed to defeat the militants – after revealing that some of his close family members, including a nephew, were among the dead.=

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The 'White Widow' revealed: Bright English girl who married a 7/7 bomber and became top al-Qaeda paymaster
   28 Jul 2012 00:00       

Friends find it hard to believe Samantha Lewthwaite, who loved to gossip about pop music, is being hunted worldwide by anti-terror police

   
Smiles: Lewthwaite used to love pop music and Becks Smiles: Lewthwaite used to love pop music and Becks


School pals remember her ­chatting happily as she walked down the high street of their Home Counties town after finishing their GCSEs.

So it is little wonder that today they find it almost impossible to believe Samantha Lewthwaite, who loved to gossip about pop music and fancying David Beckham, is being hunted worldwide by anti-terror police.

Security services from Britain, the US and Kenya know her as the White Widow, one of the most feared female terrorists in history.

On the run in volatile eastern Kenya, with three – or maybe four – young children, the 28-year-old daughter of an English soldier is wanted dead or alive.

No one knows the true scope of her ­influence in the global jihad movement, but one fact is certain: officials seriously fear Lewthwaite, widow of 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay, is plotting an outrage with high-ranking al-Qaeda radicals.

For the fanatical followers of al-Qaeda, Lewthwaite is a heroine.

They call her the White Widow because of her European background and because Lindsay blew himself up in the attacks in London in 2005 in which 52 people were killed.

She is expert at disguise, switching from designer fashions to less revealing Islamic dress while under surveillance in the Muslim quarter of the port city Mombasa.

Samantha Lewthwaite, aged 16-17 years at school White widow: As a teenager at school
Jim Bennett


Described as the paymaster for a terror cell that has already hit tourist hotels this year, she is also accused of murder.

Some witnesses say she fired a grenade launcher into a bar crowded with football fans watching the Euro 2012 match between England and Italy on June 24.

Three people died, including a three-year-old boy.

Isack Simiyu, 23, who was outside the Jericho Bar, said the attack was led by a fair-skinned woman wearing a black headscarf.

He saw a black Toyota Rav4 and a white Toyota estate pull up. “A man in a mask and a woman in a buibui [black shawl] came out,” he said. “She lifted something like a launcher to her shoulders and started firing. She was a white lady. When she got down from the car I could see her face clearly.”

Isack picked out a picture of Lewthwaite when shown photos of four white women.

She is the most feared female terrorist since Ulrike Meinhof, founder of the Red Army Faction which carried out bombings across West Germany in the 1970s.

A Western intelligence source said agents are studying information provided by arrested Briton Jermaine Grant who was sharing a rented property with Lewthwaite in Mombasa.

Her British partner Habib Ghani fled with their children

Police accepted the brunette woman’s story that she was just a tourist. It is thought the rent came from al-Shabaab, the Somali wing of al-Qaeda.

It later emerged she had £50,000 in cash, creating speculation she had bribed her way to freedom.

Kenyan police are hunting a woman believed to be Samantha Lewthwaite, the wife of 7/7 london tube suicide bomber Police photo: Kenyan authorities released this pic of Lewthwaite
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Her diary, found in the ramshackle luxury villa, said she wanted her children to be suicide bombers.

Automatic rifles, ammunition, drums of chemicals used by suicide bombers and a laptop were also discovered.

After they had freed the mum, from Aylesbury, Bucks, Kenyan police later said she was “intending to cause harm to civilians” with “an explosive device”.

Lewthwaite was linked to plans to blow up tourist hotels, and attacks on the Dorchester and Ritz hotels in London.

Now dozens of MI5 and MI6 officers are in Kenya trying to track down British jihadists. One focus is any who might be heading back to the UK during the Olympics.

“When Grant was arrested in January, he quickly opened up about Lewthwaite to the local police,” an intelligence source said.

“She and Habib Ghani had managed to escape just in time with their children.

“British jihadists are the biggest threat to their own country, and Lewthwaite is being taken very seriously.

“Working with the Kenyans has provided MI5 with a vital resource on this woman and her associates.”

The source added: “Lewthwaite has some of the toughest and most resourceful members of the special forces and intelligence community looking for her.

“She will pop up eventually. It’s just a matter of time because she can’t keep being lucky.

“What is most amazing is that she is on the run with her children while still evading detection.

The fact that no one has reported this white woman moving about in remote areas proves how well protected she is.”

Lewthwaite has every reason to avoid capture.

Jacob Ondari of Kenya’s ­directorate of public prosecutions warns: “Lewthwaite is highly dangerous.

"She is not just a small cog in this terrorist machine – she has links to the top.

“I will be calling for the death penalty when she is finally caught.”

A school photo of Samantha Lewthwaite, located in the middle of the picture taken in 1996 A school photo of Samantha Lewthwaite, located in the middle of the picture taken in 1996
Jason Shillingford


Back in Aylesbury neither her builder dad Andy, 56, nor her carpet fitter brother Allan have any idea where she is.

For the family the sinister White Widow is still “Samantha”, who loved fashionable clothes, trying on make-up and going to parties when she was a teenager.

She will never be the extremist who gave her name as Asmaa Shahidah Bint-Andrews when her third child, son Abdur-Rahman Faheem Jamal, was born at the town’s Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 2009.

No father’s name is given on the birth certificate. The boy turned three last week.

Lewthwaite was 18 when she converted to Islam, swapping jeans and T-shirts for Muslim dress, including a hijab.

She studied religion and politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in Russell Square, London – a stone’s throw from where her husband would set off his suicide bomb.

It was while there that she met Lindsay, a Jamaican-born carpet-fitter who grew up in Huddersfield, West Yorks.

Although Lewthwaite’s family did not attend the couple’s Muslim wedding in a house in Aylesbury, they were said to be happy she had calmed down.

The couple’s first child, Abdullah, is now eight. A daughter, now seven, was born two months after the London bombings in July 2005.

At the time she was being protected by police who believed her to be innocent.

After the bombings, Lewthwaite painted herself as a victim who said she was appalled by Lindsay’s “abhorrent” actions.

She re-integrated herself with her family so well that in 2007 her dad took the whole family to Disneyland Paris.

Little is known about what Lewthwaite was doing between the birth of her third child Jamal – which was Lindsay’s Muslim name - and her arrival in Kenya in August last year on a forged passport.

It is believed she joined al-Qaeda in 2008. The two British men thought to be most involved with Lewthwaite’s alleged criminal activities in Kenya – Grant and 26-year-old Ghani- are from similar suburban backgrounds.

Ghani, 26, was born and brought up in Hounslow, West London. The family of Grant, who has been in jail since January, live in Newham, East London, close to the Olympic Park.

Grant is currently on trial accused of possessing explosives and conspiring to carry out bomb attacks, which could lead to a lengthy prison sentence if he his found guilty.

In Kenya, the White Widow might consider herself lucky to end up with a jail sentence.

“The police will shoot her if they find her and she tries to run,” Mr Ondari says.

“Too bad if she gets shot dead.”


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