Interpol issues alert for UK “white widow” sought in Kenya

PARIS: Interpol issued a wanted persons alert at Kenya’s request on Thursday for Samantha Lewthwaite, a British citizen dubbed the “White Widow”, without mentioning any suspected role in the Nairobi mall attack.

The international police agency’s so-called “red alert” notice said Lewthwaite , 29, is wanted by Kenya on charges of possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011.

Lewthwaite , also believed to use the alias ‘Natalie Webb’, is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, one of the Islamist bombers who carried out attacks on public transport in London in July 2005. She is thought to have left Britain several years ago.

Interpol said it had received the request from Kenyan authorities on Wednesday and had issued a first alert to its 190 member countries immediately. The agency, based in Lyon, France, added photographs on Thursday showing Lewthwaite in a headscarf and with her hair uncovered.

British police have cited Lewthwaite as a possible suspect in Saturday’s attack on a Nairobi shopping mall by Islamists from Somalia’s Al-Shabaab movement.

The four-day mall siege, which ended on Tuesday, killed 61 civilians, six members of the security forces, and five militants, according to officials.

Some witnesses said women were among the attackers, but Al-Shabaab denied on its Twitter feed using “our sisters” in its military operations.

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