Samantha Lewthwaite: Kenya seeks UK woman’s arrest

International police body Interpol has issued a wanted persons notice for Briton Samantha Lewthwaite, at Kenya’s request.

BBC reports that Ms Lewthwaite, 29, is the widow of one of the four suicide bombers who attacked London on July 7, 2005.

Known colloquially as the “white widow”, she has been linked with Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabab.

Interpol did not link the warrant to the Nairobi shopping complex attack that left at least 67 dead.

However, it comes after much speculation linking Ms Lewthwaite to events there.

Al-Shabab was behind the attack and subsequent four-day siege at the Westgate shopping complex in the Kenyan capital.

An Interpol statement said she was “wanted by Kenya on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011.”

The Interpol alert, known as a “Red Notice,” requires member countries to detain the suspect pending extradition procedures.

Ms Lewthwaite – who is believed to use the alias “Natalie Webb” – had previously only been wanted for the alleged possession of a fraudulently obtained South African passport.

She is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, one of the four bombers involved in the July 7 terror attacks in London in which 52 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

The BBC says Interpol’s red notice acts like a global wanted poster, but it’s also a concession by the Kenyan security forces that she is an international danger, not just someone who should be regarded as a passport fraudster.

Source: thenation


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