'White Widow' could be among terrorists

It remains unknown if British national, Samantha Lewthwaite, was with al-Shabaab terrorists.

British national Samantha Lewthwaite also known as the White Widow was reportedly involved in the shooting at Westgate Mall in Kenya. Picture: AFP

LONDON/JOHANNESBURG - Security Services in the UK are waiting to find out if one of the terrorists who attacked Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall is the widow of one of the London suicide bombers of July 2005.

Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the White Widow, is the widow of Germaine Lindsay one of the London suicide bombers.

She is known to have fled the United Kingdom and crossed into Somalia from Kenya after the 2005 bombings in the British capital.

Lewthwaite (29) was born to a British soldier serving in Northern Ireland.

The family moved to Aylesbury west of London where those who knew them said during her teens she lacked confidence and was very ordinary.

After becoming a Muslim, Lewthwaite married Lindsay who she had met on an Islamic internet chat room.

She condemned her husband's actions after the bombings as"abhorrent", saying trips to radical mosques had "poisoned his mind".

However, four years later she disappeared with her three children and resurfaced travelling to Kenya on a false passport.

Lewthwaite is wanted in connection with alleged plots to attack hotels and restaurants in Kenya.


Meanwhile, the Department of Home Affairs says there have been several incidents of people being caught with fake South African passports and there are strict procedures to be followed when dealing with this.

This comes in the wake of a picture published in the _Beeld _newspaper on Tuesday of a South African passport linked to Lewthwaite.

The picture shows Lewthwaite's face on a South African passport under the name Natalie Faye Webb.

It's been alleged that Lewthwaite used a South African passport to travel around the continent while she was on the International Criminal Police Organisation's wanted persons list.

Department spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa says the department needs to determine the facts before making any conclusions.

"In the past, we have dealt with similar cases where people had copies of passports that looked similar to South African passports only to find that they were fake or false. But before we make any conclusions, facts have to be determined around this."