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Interpol issues global alert for suspected British woman terrorist

English.news.cn   2013-09-26 23:46:17            
 • Interpol issued a global alert for arrest of British national Samantha Lewthwaite.
 
 • The woman dubbed "The White Widow" was among the militants who attacked a Nairobi shopping center.
 • Lewthwaite is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, one of the four bombers in London terror attacks in 2005.

 

NAIROBI, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- The international police agency Interpol on Thursday issued a global alert for the arrest of British national Samantha Lewthwaite, who is believed to have carried out terrorist attacks at a shopping mall in Nairobi.

An Interpol Red Notice said the 29-year-old, who is also believed to use the alias "Natalie Webb", is wanted by Kenya on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011. "By requesting an Interpol Red Notice, Kenya has activated a global 'tripwire' for this fugitive," Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said in a statement. "Through the Interpol Red Notice, Kenyan authorities have ensured that all 190 member countries are aware of the danger posed by this woman, not just across the region but also worldwide, " Noble said.

The notice comes amid renewed speculation that British terror suspect, the woman dubbed "The White Widow", was among the militants who attacked a Nairobi shopping center last Saturday.

The Al-Qaida-linked radical group Al-Shabaab has insisted there were no women among the gunmen who killed more than 67 people including 61 civilians and six security personnel and injured 175 at the mall.

But one of the survivors told Kenyan police that she was shot at by a "pale-skinned" woman.

The "White Widow" is suspected to be part of a syndicate of terrorists, who have been operating in the East African nation which hit twice by Al-Qaida operatives in 1998 and 2002.

Lewthwaite is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, one of the four bombers involved in terror attacks in London on July 7, 2005, when 52 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

Circulated to all 190 Interpol member countries, the Red Notice represents one of the global police organisation's most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives.

Containing identification details and judicial information about a wanted person, Interpol Red Notices communicate to police worldwide that a person is wanted by a member country and request that the suspect be placed under provisional arrest pending extradition.

Noble said the publication of the Red Notice for Lewthwaite meant that the public could also play a crucial role in providing information to law enforcement to help identify and locate her.

"Every year hundreds of millions of individuals are boarding international transport and crossing borders without having the authenticity of their travel or identity document checked," he said.

"This dramatically compromises our ability to effectively screen and identify at airports and land crossings those individuals who could be suspected criminals and terrorists," said Noble.

Lewthwaite was previously only wanted at the national level for alleged possession of a fraudulently obtained South African passport for the travel across East Africa to plot terror attacks.

Related:

White widow passport illegally acquired: S. African official

JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- A South African passport belonging to the British woman dubbed the White Widow allegedly related with the Kenyan mall terror attack was fraudulently acquired, a government official said on Thursday.

The preliminary investigation indicated that "the passport was cancelled in 2011," said South Africa's Minister of Home Affairs Naledi Pandor in Pretoria.   Full story

 

Editor: Liu Dan
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