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Samantha Lewthwaite: The truth about the British terror suspect

by | 3rd, March 2012

SAMANTHA Lewthwaite, 28, is being sought  by the CIA, Scotland Yard, Kenyan Police and more agencies of justice. Samantha Lewthwaite is from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. She is the widow of Jermaine Lindsay, who killed himself and 26 passengers on a Piccadilly Line train in July 2005.

It is alleged that she is a terrorist, a mum of three funded by Somali pirates and training local Islamists how to make bombs in readiness for an attack on Western targets in East Africa.

She is suspected of being a paymaster, scout and reciter for the al-Shabaab terror group, part of the al-Qaeda network.

The Times reports:

The police hunt began when they uncovered a “bomb factory” in one of the safe houses allegedly used by Ms Lewthwaite, in the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa. They had received a tip-off that a terrorist cell was planning a Christmas and new year bombing campaign of resorts popular with British and American tourists.

Jermaine Grant, 29, from Newham, East London, was arrested on the night of December 19 while walking in the ghetto of Bakarani, a notorious stronghold of Islamic extremists. He was with his new wife, Warda Breik Islam.

Searches of a nearby house uncovered stores of hydrogen peroxide, the basis for the explosives used by the 7/7 bombers, and wires and batteries used to detonate the improvised devices. Police believe that the ramshackle house was also the al-Shabaab “bank” where fighters received payments from Ms Lewthwaite for operations.

Mrs Lewthwaite is not only suspected of being an Islamist and a terrorist. She’s gulp! suspected of being an international banker.

Several days later police, members of Kenya’s national security service and special forces raided another nearby safe house. Officials have claimed that when police arrived at the property Ms Lewthwaite had already left after receiving a tip-off. But it emerged yesterday that they found her at the house but allegedly left when she claimed to be a South African called Natalie Faye Webb. It has since been suggested that Ms Lewthwaite may have bribed officers to secure her release.

One neighbour said: “We knew her as ‘the white woman’ who was very secretive. She went to the mosque a lot and would not let her children attend school.”

A secretive white Muslim convert widow to a man who committed mass murder in the name of Islam. You wonder how the security forces spotted her at all.

She was living in a five-bedroom villa in Shanzu, close to the White Sands Beach Resort and the Serena Beach Club. Were they the intended targets?  O

Officers discovered a smashed laptop computer with the hard drive removed, magazines for an AK47 automatic rifle, more than 100 large-calibre rounds, detonators and a photograph of Ms Lewthwaite.

The home was rented by  man calling himself Marco Costa, 29. He might be Habib Ghani, who is originally from Hounslow, West London. He has a Kenyan mother and Pakistani father.

It’s an odd story, isn’t it? A woman married to a known killer moves to east Africa and becomes a suspect in aborted acts of terrorism.

The Daily Mail wonders:

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Is Samantha ‘innocent’ widow of 7/7 bomber really an Al Qaeda terrorist?

Well, the police and courts should decided that.

Samantha Lewthwaite is the middle-class  soldier’s daughter who had two children by bomber Lindsay….

They discovered it was a ‘bank’ where  the woman pictured in the passport handed  out hundreds of thousands of dollar bills to  her associates. The nondescript house was also a bomb-making factory, containing batteries, hydrogen peroxide and wires. Police initially said they would not confirm that the woman they were hunting was Miss Lewthwaite, as it could be a case of mistaken identity. But they have now issued photographs of her to every border point.

Not exactly undercover was she:

Lewthwaite is believed to be on the run with fellow British terror suspect Habib Ghani, 26, from Hounslow,  Middlesex — who police describe as ‘very dangerous’ and who goes by the name Osama.

A suspected terrorist going incognito under the name Osama? What happend to Marco Costa? The Mail makes no mention of that name. Osama is much more suggestive. The paper then delivers a potted history of the wanted woman:

Whatever the truth, the Samantha Lewthwaite of today bears little resemblance to the Home Counties girl — the daughter of a British soldier — who used to put on a tiara and jewellery to go to school discos in the Nineties. 

Well, she has grown up.

The youngest of three children, she was born in Banbridge, Co. Down, in 1983, to her mother, Christine, and soldier father, Andrew, who was serving in Northern Ireland. Her parents moved to Aylesbury, but separated when she was 11, leaving  her devastated. Friends have even  suggested the separation is the key event that drove her to seek comfort in Islam.

And:

…by the time she was 17, the soldier’s daughter had converted to Islam, was covering her hair in a hijab, changed her name to Asmantara, and was readying herself to marry the man who would go on to take part in the 7/7 attacks. A fter learning about the Muslim faith in religious studies lessons at school, the teenager told friends she was converting. Within two years, she was wearing the jilbab, the long gown that covers everything but the hands and face.

While studying for a degree in religion and politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London she met Jamaican-born Jermaine Lindsay, a fellow Muslim convert, through an Islamic chatroom. In October 2002 they married in an Islamic ceremony in Aylesbury.

In 2004 their first son was born, which is when she says her husband first started to spend time at radical mosques in London, Luton and Yorkshire. She has said she believes his mind was poisoned by these visits because before this he had been a ‘peaceful man’.

The Belfast Telegraph says Lewthwaite did not change her name to Asmantara:

Samantha changed her name to Sherafiyah after converting to Islam, aged 17,

The Daily Star says otherwise:

Lewthwaite, who converted to Islam at 15, is thought to have fled with bomb fuses and cash.

The Telegraph had earlier reported:

Lindsay had met Miss Lewthwaite, the daughter of a former soldier in the Ninth Lancers, when he moved to Aylesbury, Bucks. She had Muslim friends at Grange Secondary School and, at the age of 17, converted to Islam, calling herself Sherafiyah, and wearing the hijab

The New York Times says they met at college:

Three years ago, he met Lewthwaite, who is now 22, at a college in Luton.

The  BBC  noted:

He married Samantha Lewthwaite, a white British convert to Islam he had met on the internet and later at a Stop the War march in London, on 30 October 2002.

And :

Lindsay married another convert to Islam, Samantha Lewthwaite, after meeting via an internet chatroom.

The Telegraph has more of Ghani:

Ghani, grew up in Hounslow, west London and worshipped at the same mosque as the first British suicide bomber Asif Hanif, who blew himself up in a bar in Israel in 2003.

And on that passport:

The woman is believed to have arrived in Kenya on a false South African passport in the name of Natalie Faye Webb.

The family of Miss Webb, who lives in Essex and has no connection with the alleged plot, but has dual British and South African nationality, said they have no idea how here identity came to be stolen.

Back in 2005, Samantha Lewthwaite told the BBC :

“I totally condemn and am horrified by the atrocities which occurred in London on Thursday 7 July. I am the wife of Germaine Lindsay, and never predicted or imagined that he was involved in such horrific activities. He was a loving husband and father. I am trying to come to

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