Kenya police says no evidence against 'White widow' on Nairobi mall masscare

Johannesburg, Oct. 24 (ANI): Kenyan police have claimed it's unlikely that "White Widow" Samantha Lewthwaite was carrying out any kind of surveillance on the Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall to plan last month's massacre, despite living close by.

A Kenyan security official said they have no evidence against Lewthwaite that she took part in the four-day siege at the mall that killed nearly 67 people, News24 reports.

Last month, Interpol had issued an arrest notice for 29-year-old fugitive over the 2011 plot to bomb holiday resorts in Kenya, but it was not in connection with the deadly mall massacre, the report added.

Lewthwaite is a widow of one of the suicide attackers responsible for the deadly bombings on a London subway and bus, which killed 52 people and injured more than 700 in 2005.

The security official further added that Lewthwaite's role in Al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militant group is more of a courier and financier and she just has peripheral links the Somali Islamic extremist group that claimed responsibility for the Westgate Mall attack. (ANI)


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