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7/7 bomber's widow sought over Kenya terror plot

 
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7/7 bomber's widow sought over Kenya terror plot

Kenyan police investigate whether wife of Germaine Lindsay was part of unit planning Mombasa attack

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Sandra Laville, crime correspondent, and Clar Ni Chonghaile in Nairobi
, Wednesday 29 February 2012 05.49 EST

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Samantha Lewthwaite pictured with 7/7 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay. Photograph: Solo Syndication

The wife of one of the 7 July 2005 suicide bombers is being sought for questioning in Kenya over a suspected terror plot, it is understood.

Counter-terrorist officers in Nairobi are investigating whether 28-year-old Samantha Lewthwaite, who was married to the King's Cross bomber, Germaine Lindsay, was part of a terror unit, affiliated to the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab, that planned to target the city of Mombasa last Christmas.

The fugitive – who has three children with her – escaped capture in December when police intercepted the group in Kenya.

Eric Kiraithe, a Kenyan police spokesman, told the Times: "We know quite a bit about her now. She has had three identities in the past and that [Samantha Lewthwaite] is one possible identity."

The Guardian understands there is strong circumstantial evidence that the woman is Lindsay's wife, based on her appearance, the names she used in Kenya and the number of children she has. Scotland Yard would not comment.

The woman being sought was claiming to be Natalie Faye Webb, a South African, but it has been established that the passport she was carrying was fake.

Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officers have travelled to Kenya to help in the inquiry, and there have been ongoing attempts to trace Lewthwaite in the UK.

Lindsay was one of four suicide bombers who attacked London in July 2005. The 19-year-old blew up a tube train outside King's Cross station, killing 26 people.

Lewthwaite, the daughter of a former British army soldier, converted to Islam as a teenager and met Lindsay through an internet chatroom, it was established at the 7 July inquest.

The couple married in 2002, and had two children. The second was born just before Lindsay detonated his rucksack bomb on the Piccadilly Line train.

It is understood that, since the London bombings, Lewthwaite has had a third child by an unknown father.

The woman Kenyan police are seeking is suspected of linking up with other members of the terror cell in Mombasa.

One Briton, Jermaine Grant, 29, from east London, has been charged in connection with the Mombasa plot with possessing bomb-making material and conspiring to cause an explosion, and is awaiting trial in Kenya.

Kneyan police are hunting two more suspects – the woman believed to be Lewthwaite and another British suspect, Habib Ghani, from west London.

There are thought to be between 30 and 40 Britons at present fighting in Somalia with al-Shabaab, which is affiliated to al-Qaida.

A Kenyan source told the Times: "Samantha Lewthwaite is one of the names in our records. She was connected to the terror group but we do not think she was in an intimate relationship with any of the men in the group."

Lewthwaite's father, Andy, told the Times he had not seen his daughter for some time. He said that, after the 7 July attacks, he repeatedly asked her whether she had known they were going to happen.

"She always told me she didn't know," he said. "I cannot believe she would be involved in something like this and be there with the children. We have not had any contact with her for some time – I haven't spoken to her for a long time. I don't know if she's in this country or where she is."

A deputy police spokesman in Nairobi, Charles Owino, said: "We are not denying that we are looking for her [Samantha Lewthwaite], neither are we confirming we are looking for her.

"This is very premature information. We are not confirming whether we are doing it or not. Neither are we going to give details on what we are doing. Matters relating to anti-terrorism cases are not divulged."

Local media reported in early January that an arrest warrant had been issue for Natalie Faye Webb by a Mombasa court and that her photograph had been circulated. The warrant was issued by the city's chief magistrate, Lillian Mutende, following an application lodged by the anti-terrorism police unit.

"I direct anti-terrorism police unit to arrest Ms Natalie Faye Webb of Britain and a local Kenyan Habib Saleh Ghani with immediate effect," the magistrate ordered, according to local media.

"Kenya cannot take any chance as far as acts of terrorism are concerned," she added.

Kenyan tourist resorts have been targeted by al-Qaida in the past

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Re: 7/7 bomber's widow sought over Kenya terror plot
would that be the wife of one of the 'bombers' that weren't even at the location at the time on 7/7?
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Re: 7/7 bomber's widow sought over Kenya terror plot
More BS, surely the families of the 7/7 Patsie's have been through enough already