Wanted: A woman who police believe could be the widow of one of the July 7 bombers is being sought for questioning by Kenyan authorities about a suspected terror plot
The widow of one of the July 7 bombers is being sought for questioning by Kenyan authorities about a suspected terror plot.
They are hunting a female suspect who escaped when police swooped on part of a cell planning a terror attack in the coastal city of Mombasa over Christmas.
Anti-terrorist officers in Nairobi are investigating the possibility that Samantha Lewthwaite, 28, who was married to Jermaine Lindsay, the suicide bomber who blew up a Tube train at King’s Cross in 2005, may have been part of the cell.
Last night Kenya police said the suspect had been using a number of identities, one of which could be that of the British Muslim convert Miss Lewthwaite.
They say they cannot confirm the woman they are searching for is Miss Lewthwaite until she is captured.
It is possible her identity could have been stolen by the suspect being hunted.
Erick 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.’
Police were close to capturing their suspect earlier this year, but she managed to flee the gang’s hideout before officers arrived.
She had been carrying a British passport bearing the name Natalie Faye Webb, a woman apparently born in South Africa. But it was later established the passport was a fake.
Muslim convert Samantha Lewthwaite pictured with King’s Cross bomber Jermaine Lindsay
Horrific: This was the carnage left onboard a train between King’s Cross and Russell Square tube stations in London after a bomb blast during the July 7 attacks
Missing: Samantha Lewthwaite during her school days. Her family in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, say they have not seen her for several years
The actual woman going by that name was found to be the victim of identity theft.
One Briton, Jermaine Grant, 29, from Newham, East London, has been charged with possessing bomb-making material and conspiring to cause an explosion. He is expected to stand trial in Kenya in May.
But police are still searching for other British suspects over the plot, including the woman.
Attempts have been made to trace Miss Lewthwaite. Her family in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, say they have not seen her for several years.
The Metropolitan Police would not confirm last night whether they were actively involved in the inquiry.
Miss Lewthwaite, originally from Northern Ireland, is the daughter of a former British Army soldier and converted to Islam as a teenager. She met Lindsay through an internet chat room.
They married in 2002 and three years later, while she was pregnant with their second child, he detonated a rucksack bomb on a Piccadilly Line train at King’s Cross, killing 26 of the 52 victims who died in the 7/7 attacks.
Miss Lewthwaite later issued a statement saying the attacks were ‘abhorrent’.