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'White Widow' Samantha Lewthwaite: Interpol issue Red Notice arrest warrant at request of Kenyan authorities

An international arrest warrant has been issued for Northern Ireland-born terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, who was married to one of the July 7 bombers.

Interpol said it was issuing the "Red Notice" for the arrest of Lewthwaite - dubbed the "White Widow" - at the request of the Kenyan authorities.

Lewthwaite was born and spent some of her childhood in Banbridge, Co Down before moving to England.

The warrant relates to charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011.

Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble said: "By requesting an Interpol Red Notice, Kenya has activated a global 'tripwire' for this fugitive .

"Through the Interpol Red Notice, Kenyan authorities have ensured that all 190 member countries are aware of the danger posed by this woman, not just across the region but also worldwide."

There has been intense speculation linking Lewthwaite, 29, to the Nairobi shopping mall attack by Islamist militants from the al Qaida-linked al Shabab group.

The Kenya authorities have said forensic experts are working to establish if any of the attackers was female after receiving reports that a British woman was involved.

Lewthwaite - who is believed to use the alias "Natalie Webb" - had previously only been wanted at national level for the possession of a fraudulently obtained South African passport.

Mr Noble said her case highlighted the "invisible threat"' posed by terrorists and criminals travelling internationally using illicit passports.

"Every year hundreds of millions of individuals are boarding international transport and crossing borders without having the authenticity of their travel or identity document checked," he said.

"This dramatically compromises our ability to effectively screen and identify at airports and land crossings those individuals who could be suspected criminals and terrorists."

September 24, 2013 -- Speculation is growing that the wife of Huddersfield suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay is involved in the Kenyan Westgate Shopping Mall terrorist attack. The British Foreign Office is investigating suggestions that Samantha Lewthwaite, nicknamed the “White Widow”, was among the al-Shabaab militants involved in the seige. Graphic shows profile of Samantha Lewthwaite.

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