Nairobi – A UK woman being sought by counter-terrorist
officers in Kenya, has claimed to be a South African, reports said on Tuesday.
The Guardian reported that Kenyan officials are
investigating whether UK born Samantha Lewthwaite was part of a terror cell
connected to the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab, which planned to target the
city of Mombasa in 2013.
Lewthwaite is the widow of the King’s Cross bomber,
Eric Kiraithe, a Kenyan police spokesperson, said that Lewthwaite has had three identities.
Reports have emerged that the woman being sought was
claiming to be Natalie Faye Webb, a South African, but it has been established
that the passport she was carrying was fake.
Early in January a Mombasa court issued an arrest warrant
for Natalie Faye Webb, following an application lodged by the anti-terrorism
The magistrate ordered that the “anti-terrorism police
unit arrest Ms Natalie Faye Webb of Britain and a local Kenyan Habib Saleh
Ghani with immediate effect".
"Kenya cannot take any chance as far as acts of
terrorism are concerned," she added.
Based on her appearance, the names she used in Kenya and
the number of children she has, the Guardian reported that there is strong
circumstantial evidence that the woman is Lindsay's wife.
Scotland Yard would not comment.
Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officers have travelled
to Kenya to help in the inquiry, and there have been ongoing attempts to trace
Lewthwaite in the UK.
Lindsay was one of four suicide bombers who detonated his
rucksack bomb in London in July 2005. The 19-year-old blew up a Piccadilly Line
train, killing 26 people.
Lindsay met Lewthwaite, the daughter of a former UK soldier,
through an internet chatroom, it was established at the 7 July inquest.
The couple married in 2002, and had two children.
After the bombing, Lewthwaite had a third child by an
The woman Kenyan police are seeking is suspected of
linking up with other members of the terror cell in Mombasa.
According to the Guardian, there are thought to be
between 30 and 40 Britons at present fighting in Somalia with al-Shabaab.