Interpol, acting on a Kenyan request on Thursday issued an arrest notice for Samantha Lewthwaite, a Briton who has been referred to lately as the “White Widow”.
29-year-old Lewthwaite is a Muslim convert and her first husband participated in a 2005 suicide bombing that killed 52 commuters on subways and a bus in London. In Kenya, she is wanted in connection with a 2011 plot to bomb holiday resorts.
Though yet to be proved officially, there have been reports that a British woman was involved in the attack that killed dozens of people in Westgate, a shopping mall in Kenya days ago.
The arrest warrant issued by Interpol indicates that Lewthwaite is wanted on charges of possessing explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony in December 2011.
Incidentally, months after the London bombing, she publicly criticised her late husband, Jermaine Lindsay, for taking part in the attacks.
Lewthwaite was born in Northern Ireland to a British soldier and she grew up in Aylesbury, in the North western part of London. She studied religion and politics at the School Of Oriental and African Studies in London and converted to Islam as a young lady.
In March 2012, she was declared wanted by Kenyan authorities in relation to terror funding. She was alleged to have travelled to Kenya in 2011 to help plan bomb attacks in the country around the Christmas period.
She is believed to be working with a group sympathetic to the cause of the al Shabab group, which claimed responsibility for the recent mall attack.