British subject Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the "White Widow," and who is allegedly linked to the terrorist attack on a major Nairobi, Kenya, shopping mall, became a Muslim while attending high school in London, according to an Al Arabiya news story on Saturday.
When Lewthwaite was 17-years-old she had an Internet romance with a Jamaica Island-born Muslim named Germaine Lindsay, and she converted to Islam and married Lindsay, according to British law enforcement.
Whether or not she was involved in the Westgate Shopping Mall attack, the 29 year-old Lewthwaite is wanted by Interpol for her alleged participation in a terrorist plot to bomb holiday resorts in Kenya in 2011.
Interpol last week issued a Red Notice for her capture.
Lewthwaite allegedly uses the alias ‘Natalie Webb’, and is wanted by Kenyan law enforcement for being in possession of explosives and bomb components as well as conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011.
The "White Widow" Red Notice was circulated to all Interpol offices throughout the world, according to law enforcement officials.
Interpol operates six regional terrorism task forces, each coordinated by an expert in the field of counterterrorism for the geographical area in question:
1. Project Al Qabdah (Middle East and North Africa);
2. Project Amazon (Central and South America);
3. Project Baobab (East, West and Southern Africa);
4. Project Kalkan (Central and South Asia);
5. Project Nexus (Europe);
6. Project Pacific (Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands).
“By requesting an Interpol Red Notice, Kenya has activated a global ‘tripwire’ for this [British] fugitive,” stated Interpol's Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, whose office is in Lyon, France.
“This attack on a shopping center has left many innocent people dead, it is a bloodbath which will have simply appalled citizens of all nations. On behalf of the international law enforcement community, Interpol condemns this murderous and senseless attack and extends its condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims," said Mr Noble.
With Somali militant group Al-Shabaab reportedly claiming responsibility, Secretary General Noble also highlighted the plight of Somalis in their country at the hands of radical Muslim group Al-Shabaab, an ally of al-Qaeda.
According to Interpol, Red Notices contain identification details and judicial information about wanted suspects.
Lewthwaite is also wanted for suspicion of possessing and using a fraudulently obtained South African passport which the Interpol Secretary General is proof of the dangers of having international terrorists and criminals using fake passports and visas.
Samantha Lewthwaite was widowed when her Muslim terrorist husband Germaine Lindsay was one of the four suicide bombers involved in the July 7, 2005 terrorist attacks in London in which 52 people were killed and hundreds more injured.
In addition to the Red Notice, Interpol officials offered to Kenya the deployment of its Incident Response Team consisting of specialized forensic officers, counterterrorism experts, operational assistants and analysts.
"Any fingerprint and DNA evidence can also be compared [with] Interpol's global databases," officials said.