Samantha Lewthwaite: the Atomic bomb, the shop in the mall and the secret husband
SAMANTHA Lewthwaite: a look at the wanted British woman in the news.
The Sun says that Lewthwaite, aka The White Widow, evaded capture at Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall by “fleeing in a sewer”.
James Beal is stood in that sewer to tell us:
A SUSPECTED British terrorist dubbed the White Widow may have fled the Kenyan mall massacre through a SEWER.
If she was there she may have. Yes. Any more news from the gutter?
Lewthwaite — the world’s most wanted woman — and other crazed jihadists may have dropped through a hatch into the sewer network.
Lewthwaite was not wanted for any terrorism offences whilst living in the UK. She’s suspected of being an active member in a Somali jihadi group. But we don’t know for certain that she is a “crazed jihadist”. Just as we do not know if the Mail was correct when it reported how she “barked orders” at her “assassins” in the mall. It’s all speculation of a sort that could well prejudice any trial.
Beal then adds:
Gang members could easily have crept along it to evade security forces… They could even have kept going for another two miles… Cops fear it opens up the possibility that many more terrorists could have escaped from the terrifying raid… A source said: “Senior police believe it may have been a route out for some of the terrorists. They could have escaped like sewer rats. If they had changed their clothes…”
Armed with those facts, we turn to the Mail, which reports:
Secret husband of the White Widow who holds key to her terror network: Samantha Lewthwaite wed ex-naval officer and turned their home into a bomb factory… and her 42 calls to a mystery ‘aunt’ in England
Samantha Lewthwaite – the ‘White Widow’ being hunted in the wake of the Nairobi mall massacre – is secretly married to a former officer in the Kenyan Navy, a confidential Scotland Yard file on her reveals.
Not secret at all, then.
…a Mail on Sunday investigation can reveal that her current husband – a man named Abdi Wahid who in his 40s – has been free to travel as he wishes, and is currently in continental Europe. Wahid was arrested in 2011 when police discovered that his house in the coastal city of Mombasa had been turned into a potential bomb factory by Lewthwaite and her associates. He was never charged with any offence. Exactly how much he knew of his wife’s clandestine activities is not clear but detectives now believe he could hold the key to unlocking her network of terror.
And that’s the length and breadth of the Mail’s investigation.
In the Express, Maajid Nawaz writes:
In a sense it is almost irrelevant whether she was involved. Other “widows” are almost certain to follow in her footsteps.
Irrelevant? Well, almost. Still, at least the Star has facts:
Samantha ‘White Widow’ Lewthwaite dished out IT advice at halal pie factory
Mass murder and still time for a pun. Go on:
The Piejoy halal pie company is based in an ordinary-looking residential street in a down-at-heel suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. Records show Samantha Lewthwaite, who is suspected of involvement in the Kenya mall killings, worked at the company under the assumed name Natalie Faye Webb in 2009.
She did so while living with her three young children 15 miles away in a grubby, three-bedroom bungalow in the city’s Mayfair area. This week a woman at the Piejoy address denied knowing anything about either Lewthwaite or making pies.
But neighbours insisted the property is the HQ of a pie production firm.
A pie factory in a residential street? There’s a story there.
Back in the Express, James Fielding is wondering:
Did the White Widow plan Kenya attack to mark husband’s birthday?
Her current husband’s birthday?
Investigators believe the date of the shooting spree last Saturday, September 21, may be significant.
Lewthwaite’s husband, Germaine Lindsay, who blew himself up on a packed Tube train near London’s King’s Cross station on July 7, 2005, would have been 28 just two days later on September 23.
While Fielding puts one and one together to make a story, the Irish Indy reports:
‘White Widow’ smeared her face in blood to flee
The Irish-born terror chief dubbed the ‘White Widow’ slipped out of the Kenyan shopping mall after smearing blood over her face, security sources in the country have exclusively told the Sunday Independent. They also revealed how Samantha Lewthwaite, the Co Down-born widow of London suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, rented a unit at the Westgate Shopping mall months ago, in preparation for last week’s terror killing spree.
She hung up newspapers around the shop unit to conceal what was going on inside, pretending to be stocking up on goods.
The Mirror says it wasn’t a shopping unit. It was a house:
White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite ‘plotted Nairobi mall massacre from secret lair just 100 yards away’ – She rented a house opposite the shopping centre where crazed Muslim fanatics later slaughtered up to 150 people, security forces say
In case you were in any doubt as to the danger Lewthwaite represents, the Mirror’s Matthew Drake has chilling news:
Nairobi attack: White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite the A-bomb enthusiast – Terrorist fugitive led a debate at her school in favour of Hiroshima bombing when she was 15
As we fear for world peace, Dani Garavelli writes in the Scotsman:
Until she is captured, we can only speculate about her motivations, her relationship with Briton Jermaine Grant – arrested in Kenya in 2011 and now on trial accused of possessing explosive material and conspiring to commit crimes – and the identity of her third child’s father. The information vacuum created by her absence is being filled with gossip. Sightings of a “pale-skinned woman with long, dark hair” just like Lewthwaite’s at the mall have been reported. One shopkeeper says she opened fire on her with an AK47, while others insist she pointed out targets for the men to shoot.
There is, for now, no evidence to link her to the attack, yet Lewthwaite is being mythologised. Unedifying though that may be, particularly as it may be diverting attention away from more powerful perpetrators – she looks to have already earned her place as one of the decade’s most notorious women criminals.
Such are the facts…