Recently, Kenya media has consistently been releasing information about the British man and the white widow but the problem is, the cases in question are not related to the West Gate attack. They are wanted for 2011 terrorist related incidences. So why is the Kenya government trying to confuse Kenyans by making the public believe that these two were wanted for the current attack on Westgate? Is it a coincidence that these stories are circulating at the exact same time that the West Gate attack happened even though they are not related?
Interpol has clearly stated that the red notice for British woman dubbed the ‘white widow’ does not relate to Westgate shopping center attack in Nairobi but Kenya Media is obviously working to paint this woman as wanted for the West Gate Attacks.
The international police agency said its red notice had been issued at the request of Kenya and circulated to police authorities in 190 countries around the world, activating “a global tripwire” for the Briton. The warrant does not relate to the terrorist attack at the weekend on the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, despite intense speculation linking Lewthwaite, the widow of one of the July 7 London bombers, to the atrocity, for which the al-Qaida-linked Somali group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility.
Instead, said Interpol, the 29-year-old is being sought on charges of possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011. That month Kenyan police raided a property in Mombasa that had been linked to Lewthwaite, arresting another Briton, Jermaine Grant from east London. Grant is currently on trial for the offences in a secure Mombasa court.
The Interpol warrant said the British woman had previously been wanted in Kenya only for possession of a fraudulently obtained South African passport.
“By requesting an Interpol red notice, Kenya has activated a global tripwire for this fugitive,” the agency’s secretary general, Ronald K Noble, said, adding that Kenya had “ensured that all 190 member countries are aware of the danger posed by this woman, not just across the region but also worldwide”.
Lewthwaite, the daughter of a British soldier, grew up in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, and later in Aylesbury, where she converted to Islam as a teenager. She was married to July 7 bomber Germaine Lindsay at the time of the attacks, but insisted in their aftermath that she was horrified by them. But she later disappeared with the couple’s two children, only to re-emerge in Kenya as a committed jihadi who is believed to be working with al-Shabaab.
There has been intense speculation that Lewthwaite may have had a role in the Nairobi attack after Kenyan intelligence reports suggested that a British woman could have been involved and a number of witnesses described seeing a white woman among the gunmen.
Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has said he could not confirm the reports.
Meanwhile, witnesses have reported that the extremists were treating the incident “as a joke”. One man said he heard the men shouting “Allahu Akhbar” as they shot men, women and children in the mall.
“When I reached the ground floor [of the mall], I came face to face with one of the attackers,” said Abdul Haji, 38, a Somali-Kenyan businessman from Nairobi. “I was taking cover, he was taunting me, making fun of me. He was Kenyan and he spoke Swahili. He kept saying “kuja” and beckoning me to come towards him. For him it was a joke.”
At least 67 people died in the Westgate attack, and according to the latest figures from the Red Cross, 72 people are still missing and could be trapped under rubble in the mall.
Source: The Guardian