Last night, as the bodies were still being counted at the Kenyan shopping mall, Kenyan anti-terror police have revealed that a 29 years old lady Samantha Lewthwaite- who is known to many as the White Widow – may be the brains behind the operation to bring terror to the heart of Kenya.
This is coming as survivors have described how a woman in a veil appeared to be commanding the
other terrorists as they hunted down and killed non-Muslim shoppers.
Samantha Lewthwaite, the daughter of a former British soldier grew up as a normal teenager in Aylesbury before meeting Jermaine Lindsay, a British Muslim, in an online chat room when she was 17.
The pair married three years later and views these awful killings as a cause for jubilation.
Having converted to Islam as a young woman and married a man who went on to be a 7/7 London suicide bomber, she has become a key figure in the terror group behind this weekend’s attack.
When her husband was named as one of four suicide bombers who blew up Tube trains and a bus in 2005, killing 52 people, Lewthwaite initially condemned her late husband’s attack and denied any knowledge of his plan.
More than eight years later, Lewthwaite is one of Al Qaeda’s main recruiters in East Africa and is an official spokesman for Al Shabaab (The People), the terrorist group behind the horror in Nairobi
Known to her devoted followers as dada muzungu – Swahili for white sister – Lewthwaite moved to Kenya with her three children in 2007.
Lewthwaite has even been involved in training a group of all-female suicide attackers at camps in lawless neighbouring Somalia.