Saturday 18 November 2017

Mike Pflanz: Did UK's White Widow re-enter the lion's den?

Samantha Lewthwaite with Jermaine Lindsay, one of the 7/7 bombers in London
Samantha Lewthwaite with Jermaine Lindsay, one of the 7/7 bombers in London

Days after her husband blew himself up in a Tube carriage beneath King's Cross station on July 7, 2005, killing 26 people, Samantha Lewthwaite professed complete "incomprehension" at his "horrific" act. Within weeks, the soldier's daughter and teenage Muslim convert from Aylesbury disappeared from view, with the two children she had by bomber Jermaine Lindsay, one of them the couple's weeks-old newborn.

Police sources said surveillance on the family was "switched off" late in 2005. Spin forward six years, to Christmas last year, and that surveillance was on again, this time far from England's southern counties, in a rundown suburb of Mombasa, on Kenya's coast, where Lewthwaite had just slipped a clumsy police dragnet.

In a two-room flat she rented in the city, one of four she paid for in cash with months of rent upfront, anti-terror police found chemicals identical to those her husband used at King's Cross on 7/7. In another, more upmarket villa close to tourist hotels, ammunition, detonators, an assault rifle and cash in black bin-liners were seized. Lewthwaite, then using a faked South African passport in the name of Natalie Faye Webb (a nurse from Essex who had never been to East Africa), had again disappeared.

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