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White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite linked to Kenya grenade

By John McGurk

An extremist Islamic terror group with connections to Banbridge-born ‘White Widow’ Samantha Lewthwaite is believed to have been behind a Kenya bomb attack which killed four people.

The victims lost their lives when a grenade exploded inside a passenger mini-bus near a girls school in Nairobi on Saturday.

Twenty-five people were also injured when the blast ripped through the 32-seater vehicle while travelling in the Eastleigh area of the Kenyan capital.

The area, nicknamed ‘Little Mogadishu’ due to its large population of ethnic Somalians, has direct connections to the al-Shabab militant group of which Lewthwaite is a leading member.

All four attackers believed to be responsible for the deaths of 67 people in the bloody shopping mall siege in Nairobi on September 21 were Somalians living for some months in the Eastleigh area.

Lewthwaite, who grew up on the Whyte Acres estate in Banbridge and whose grandmother

still lives in the County Down town, is believed to have been actively involved in the planning and possible execution of the murderous mall attack.

Yesterday’s bus bomb in Eastleigh is bound to raise suspicions that Lewthwaite’s Al-Shabab group have struck again in Kenya.

After the mall attack, Interpol issued a Red Alert for 29-year-old mother-of-three Lewthwaite — making her the world’s most wanted female terror suspect.

The daughter of a British soldier and Northern Ireland mother, she married Germaine Lindsay, who was one of the suicide bombers who killed himself and 26 innocent people on a London tube train in July 2005.

 She is believed to be hiding out in east Africa and actively involved in the al-Qaeda connected al-Shabab terrorist group.

Commenting on yesterday’s bomb atrocity, a spokesman for the Kenyan Interior Ministry said: “A group of assailants threw a grenade into a bus with 32 seats.

“The attack is an unfortunate and cowardly incident which will not be tolerated.”

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