7/7 'white widow' is hunted for grenade attack on Kenyan resort bar that killed three
From the Daily Mail
The ‘white widow’ of a 7/7 London bomber is the prime suspect for a deadly terror attack in Kenya.
Samantha Lewthwaite, whose husband Jermaine Lindsay blew up a Piccadilly Line train, has been on the run since December when police foiled a plot to blow up Western hotels in Mombasa. And officers say the Home Counties mother of three was spotted near the nightclub targeted in the Indian Ocean resort on Sunday night.
A grenade was thrown into the Jericho Beer Garden – packed with tourists watching England play Italy – killing three, including a young boy.
Shortly before the attack, a white woman fitting Lewthwaite’s description was seen acting suspiciously and asking questions about the bar. She was with two Asian-looking men. ‘We suspect Samantha Lewthwaite was actively involved in the terrorist attack on the club,’ a Kenyan police official said last night.
Police believe Samantha is back in Mombasa and is playing an active role in hand grenade attacks,’ said a Kenyan security source. A white woman, fitting Samantha’s description, was seen with two middle-aged Arab men asking questions about the bar before the attack.
'She really stands out as it is very unusual for a white woman to be here and dressed in Muslim clothes.’ The suspicious trio had also been spotted near Catholic churches in Mombasa.
University dropout Lewthwaite is being hunted by the CIA, Kenyan police and Scotland Yard, which has sent a large team to Nairobi to assist with the investigation.
Her alleged accomplice in December’s bomb plot, 29-year-old Londoner Jermaine Grant, is on trial in Mombasa.
The port city and Nairobi have suffered a series of bomb attacks since Kenyan troops entered Somalia in October to crush Islamist militants. Hours before Sunday’s bombing the US embassy issued a warning of an imminent terrorist attack in or around Mombasa.
Posted on 06/26/2012 1:42 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax