The “White Widow” terrorist – 29-year-old British-born Samantha Lewthwaite – is thought to have been killed in the recent siege on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, where terrorist attacks have left at least 65 dead and twice as many injured, reports Fox News on Sept. 24.
The attack by a multinational group of al-Qaida-linked extremists and subsequent four-day siege by Kenyan security forces has now revealed that the White Widow may have been involved, and killed, in the pushback by Kenyan security forces.
The Somali-based terrorist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Lewthwaite is the widow of one of the bombers who carried out the July 7, 2005 terror attack on the London Underground. The Islam-convert married Jermaine Lindsay in 2002. Three years later, Lindsay killed 26 people and blew himself up in the 2005 attack.
The mother of three was last seen in East Africa. She is wanted by Kenyan police over her involvement to various terrorist cells, including threats made to plant bombs on Kenya’s coastline. In March of 2012, Lewthwaite fled to Somalia, according to officials tracking her whereabouts.
Despite claims from Kenyan authorities that the mall has been reclaimed, the extremist group says gunmen are still alive inside the mall and holding hostages, sending out tweets and pictures of what appears to be terrorists roaming the mall and streets of Nairobi.
However, Kenyan forces have rebuffed that claim, and have said that a white woman matching Lewthwaite’s description was among the Islamist extremists that died during the operation to free the remaining hostages.
Lewthwaite is thought to be a chief financier of al-Shabab, and an expert in bomb-making. Mirror News out of the U.K. interviewed a counselor, whose family knew Lewthwaite's family socially in Aylesbury.
According to the source, Lewthwaite was “empty in confidence,” suggesting that she was easily swayed by extremist ideals and propaganda.
In another developing story, recent reports are now saying that Americans were involved in the attack.