Interpol is to issue a worldwide arrest warrant for fugitive British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite after police discovered vital new evidence on a computer left in her Kenyan hideout.
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The ‘red notice’ puts her on its ‘most wanted’ list and is an urgent request to more than 200 police forces to arrest her.
The laptop had been smashed in an effort to destroy its contents but experts from Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism unit were called in to painstakingly comb through the machine’s hard drive and recover its secrets.
Their investigations have now revealed that 28-year-old Lewthwaite, the so-called ‘White Widow’ whose husband Jermaine Lindsay was one of the 7/7 Tube bombers, trawled websites for information on making explosives.
Also found was a poem dedicated to Osama Bin Laden.
The computer led officers to an upmarket Nairobi villa where Lewthwaite lived, and where neighbours said she dressed in Western clothes, rather than the Muslim hijab often associated with her.
The hard drive also contained a cache of pictures showing her wearing vest tops with her auburn hair hanging loose, and which betray a warped obsession with her own image.
One photograph features her face digitally superimposed on a billboard in New York’s Times Square.
Another has her face reproduced many times over in bubbles. In other shots, Lewthwaite – who grew up in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire – is seen for the first time with her youngest child, born last summer.
It means that she now has four children – two with Lindsay and two with her new partner, said to be a Somali.
In the aftermath of the London bombings Lewthwaite was given police protection. But within a year she had disappeared from Aylesbury and police now believe she met up with her husband’s former terrorist associates in Kenya and Somalia.
Information retrieved from the laptop reveals that by March 2011 she had moved into a smart gated estate in Nairobi, paying a monthly rent of about £600.
There she maintained the appearance of an ordinary housewife, using a false South African passport and passing herself off as Natalie Faye Webb.
A woman who lived next door, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘We knew this white lady as an ordinary housewife, at home most of the time with her small children.
‘She had a new baby and there was always a lot of noise, as if she had ten children in there. We thought she might be running some sort of nursery. We never saw her wearing a hijab or any Muslim robes. She used to wear T-shirts and jeans and always had her hair down to her shoulders with no scarf or veil.’
It is believed that at this time Lewthwaite may have been lying low, waiting for the right moment to join her terrorist co-conspirators.
Authorities believe that she was acting as paymaster for Somali terror group Al Shabaab’s operations in Kenya. The group has been closely linked with Al Qaeda.
In September last year she left the Nairobi house to move to Mombasa, allegedly to complete preparations for a bombing campaign against tourist locations.
The laptop was discovered in December at a house in Mombasa where she had been staying.
Lewthwaite came to the attention of Kenyan police following the arrest of fellow Briton Jermaine Grant, 29, in Mombasa, where bomb-making equipment was found in a flat for which she had paid the rent in cash.
A picture quickly emerged of a woman ‘intending to cause harm to innocent civilians’ by means of ‘an explosive device’, according to Kenyan charges against her.
By then, however, Lewthwaite had disappeared, leading many to believe that
she has somehow been smuggled into Somalia.
Some of the Details: Daily Mail
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