Samantha Lewthwaite: no link to al-Qaeda chief Abu Anas nor Westgate mall massacre
SAMANTHA Lewthwaite: a look at the wanted Briton in the news. To recap: the Daily Mail said a white woman had backed out commands to the Westgate shopping mall killers. The Belfast Telegraph a white woman had smeared blood on her face and fled the massacre.
The Sun: “America’s war on 200 terror Brits”
WHITE Widow Samantha Lewthwaite is on a hit list of more than 200 British fanatics as America ramps up the war on terror. The US vowed to catch Lewthwaite and her fellow extremists as it was confirmed two raids had already been mounted on al-Qaeda-linked warlords.
Catch her and try her with crime. What crimes?
On Saturday Delta Force commandos snatched Libyan al-Qaeda chief Abu Anas [above], 49, one of the world’s most wanted men who once lived in England. He was allowed to stay in the UK after fleeing Sudan in 1995.
He was nicked in 1999 — a year after al-Qaeda bombs killed 200 at the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania — but fled after being freed for lack of evidence. His capture — and a US Navy Seal raid in Somalia — was prompted by last month’s al-Shabaab siege at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in which at least 67 people died.
US Secretary of State John Kerry warned: “We hope this makes clear we will never stop in the effort to hold those accountable who conduct acts of terror.”
Daily Mirror: “White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite: Net closing in as hit squads hunt down ‘world’s most wanted terrorists’”
Security agencies have a dozen extremists in their sights and British fugitive Samantha Lewthwaite is believed to be “high on the list”.
We are not who believes this to be the case.
MI6, the CIA and Israeli security service Mossad – have since been working “round the clock” to find her .
Wow. All three agencies spending 24-hours a day looking for one woman .
UtV: “Police in Kenya have confirmed they do not believe British woman Samantha Lewthwaite was involved last month’s deadly terrorist attack.”
Michigan Chronicle: “While it is not believed that Lewthwaite was among the terrorists who took part in the Westgate Mall massacre in Nairobi in which at least 67 people were killed, an Al Shabaab spokesperson said she was involved in the attack.”
MacLeans: “At least one witness told the press of a ‘pale-skinned woman’ with long dark hair opening fire from a balcony. There were other reports of a white, English-speaking woman giving commands in English that were then translated into Swahili for the gunmen to carry out…. If Lewthwaite was killed in the attack, she will have achieved the same radical Islamic martyrdom sought by her late husband. But if she remains at large—as seems to be the case—she will be watching her back very carefully.”
In the Telegraph, police chief David Kimaiyo said, “On Samantha we have also established that she was not part of the attackers in the building. There was no woman.”
Who was there?
Four men believed to have been involved in the deadly shopping centre attack in Nairobi last month have been named. The Kenyan military said Abu Baara al-Sudani, Omar Nabhan, Khattab al-Kene and Umayr – shown in new CCTV footage – were killed during the standoff.