Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite at the request of the Kenyan authorities. Interpol says the notice relates to 2011 explosives charges, not the Westgate Mall attack.
Reports that a white woman was among the terrorists who stormed a mall in Nairobi last weekend have prompted a slew of media speculation about Lewthwaite, a British woman whose husband was one of the suicide bombers in the 2005 London terror attacks.
Known as the “White Widow,” Lewthwaite, 29, has been wanted by international counterterrorism officials since authorities found bomb-making materials in her Mombasa, Kenya, apartment in 2011. She vanished shortly before a raid.
Initially she said she was horrified by the the attack, but in 2009 she disappeared with her three children and for the past two years has been on the run in East Africa after allegedly plotting to attack Western targets in Kenya.
The death toll from the attack is expected to rise from 67 – including 61 civilians and six members of the Kenyan security forces – as the Kenyan authorities scour the wreckage of the mall.
Five terrorists also died in the four-day stand-off and the Kenyans say they are holding 11 suspects in custody in relation to the attack – including at least seven who are thought to have been arrested at the airport.