While non-Muslim shoppers were haunted down and killed during the Nairobi mall attacks, senior anti-terror source told the Daily Mail Sherafiyah Lewthwaite aka Samantha could be behind the recent tragedy.
We first came to know her as the British mom who’s been on the run since 2005, the year her husband, Jermaine Lindsay, blew himself up in the July 7 terror attacks in downtown London. Her husband also known as Abdullah Shaheed was one of the four terrorists who detonated bombs at London’s King’s Cross subway station killing 26 people.
The couple married in 2002, they first met on an Islamic chatroom and came face to face at a stop the war march. She was a religion and politics student in London while he worked as a carpenter.
At the time, Lewthwaite, denied having any knowledge of the attack but shortly after, she became a fugitive. Since then the 29-year-old mother of three has been on the run along with her children and is believed to be a part of Somalia’s al-Shabaab group. In 2011 authorities came close to catch her after they discovered an apartment with chemicals being rented by her in Mombasa, Kenya.
She is also being hunted over claims she took part in a grenade attack in Kenya which killed three football fans watching the Italy versus England Euro 2012. The first attempt to communicate with the outside world since she fled to Africa was through her blog Fears and Tears: the Confessions of a Female Muhajid.
Lewthwaite is originally from Banbridge, County Down, Ireland born December 5, 1983. The former daughter of a soldier converted to Islam as a teen. That’s when she took the Muslim name of Sherafiyah. She is the daughter of Andrew and Christine, the family later moved to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Her parents split when she was around twelve-years-old.
In media reports, Lewthwaite has been variously described as a financier, recruiter, and trainer for al Qaeda, and the creator of an all-women jihadist squad in Africa. She has been accused of orchestrating grenade attacks at worship centers of ‘unbelievers of Islam’
Some of the theories circling say the White Widow was plotting to free Jermaine Grant, a British man who was was captured at the Mombasa apartment and who’s trial was set to begin today. The mother of three could not only be behind the shopping mall massacre but could also be among the dead terrorists since according to reports a Caucasian female woman was among the hostage-takers killed at Westgate Mall in Nairobi.
The militant attack at the ritzy Nairobi mall have killed over 68 people so far.