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Interpol issues alert for British suspect in Nairobi mall siege

 
 
 
 
 
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Fake South African passport of Samantha Lewthwaite

Interpol has issued an arrest notice for a British woman who has allegedly been involved in a deadly siege on a shopping center in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

According to Interpol statement, the “red notice” or internationally wanted person alert for Samantha Lewthwaite was issued at the request of Kenya over charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011.

“By requesting an Interpol Red Notice, Kenya has activated a global ‘tripwire’ for this fugitive,” Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said, adding that the alert was issued to aware the 190 member countries of the danger posed by the woman.

The 29-year-old woman who uses the alias “Natalie Webb” was previously only wanted at national level for possession of a fake South African passport.

The British woman labelled the “white widow” after her marriage to Jermaine Lindsay, one of bombers in the London 7/7 attack, in which at least 52 people were killed and hundreds were injured.

Dozens of men armed with guns and grenades attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Saturday, 21 September and targeted people discriminating against non-Muslims, killing at least 62 people and injuring many others.

Lewthwaite is believed to be a member of the Somali-based al-Shabaab militant group, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

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