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'White Widow' Lewthwaite's desire for family life

Fugitive British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite - the widow of one of the July 7 bombers - was making plans to open a juice and frozen yoghurt bar as she allegedly plotted to kill British tourists in Kenya, according to the Sunday Times (£).

An international hunt for British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite is underway.

Business proposals by the 29-year-old Muslim convert, dubbed the 'White Widow', has been seen by the newspaper.

In handwritten notes, she reportedly compiled a list of necessities for the juice bar, including a fridge and freezer, two blenders, flyers and cocktail umbrellas.

Police found the writings at a villa in Mombasa, on the Kenyan coast, where Lewthwaite stayed before going on the run almost two years ago.

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Samantha Lewthwaite now seen as a worldwide danger

It is not a coincidence that authorities have issued this "Red Alert" after the Westgate Mall attack but it does not confirm or deny her involvement in it. Previously she has been wanted by the Kenyan police, for having a fraudulent passport.

Because she was involved with Jermaine Grant, who is on trial for terrorist offences, there are certainly some in the intelligence community here that think the Interpol alert should have been issued two years ago. The truth is the situation in Kenya is still very confused.

Her involvement is not known. Security forces certainly think it is credible that she could be involved because there are Britons linked to al-Shabaab.

All that we do know is that she is seen as a worldwide danger because of this Interpol alert.

Suspected leader of Kenya attacks 'former soldier'

The suspected leader of the attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre is a man called Omar or Umayr who is a Muslim convert who is a former member of Kenya's special forces, Channel 4 News reports.

Smoke rising over Westgate shopping centre after the attack, on September 23. Credit: Reuters

Omar is believed to have been killed during the siege. The Kenyan national was born to a Christian family in Nairobi and is understood to have lived in Somalia since 2005, according to Channel 4 News.

The Kenyan government has yet to confirm any the identities of any of the attackers.

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International terror hunt for British 'White Widow'

Interpol have issued a "Red Notice" for British woman Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of July 7 bomber Germaine Lindsay dubbed the "White Widow" who has been linked with the terror group al-Shabaab.

The 29-year-old is wanted by Kenyan authorities over a suspected terror plot in Mombassa in 2011. Using a number of different names she has so far evaded capture.

Kenyan authorities fuelled speculation that she was involved in the shopping centre massacre by saying a British women who has allegedly been involved in terrorism "many times before" was among the militants.

Yesterday Kenya's interior minister said experts were still investigating whether there were women among the attackers. Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports from Nairobi.

Who is Samantha Lewthwaite?

Samantha Lewthwaite is the 29-year-old widow of 7/7 bomber Germaine Linsday, who was born in Banbridge in Northern Ireland, and grew up in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

She is thought to have left Britain several years ago for East Africa and is wanted by the Kenyan police over alleged links to a terrorist cell, and for travelling with a false passport.

Samantha Lewthwaite has travelled under a number different fake identities. Credit: Press Association

Kenyan authorities fuelled speculation that she was involved in the shopping centre massacre by saying a British women who has allegedly been involved in terrorism "many times before" was among the militants.

Yesterday Kenya's interior minister said experts were still investigating whether there were women among the attackers.

'White Widow' shows 'invisible threat of fake passports'

The international "Red Alert" issued for the arrest of international fugitive Samantha Lewthwaite brings into focus the "invisible threat" posed by terrorists and and criminals travelling across borders using illicit passports, Interpol said.

Samantha Lewthwaite, who was previously wanted at the national level for the alleged possession of a fraudulent passport. Credit: Police handout

"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.

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

Public help in identifying Samantha Lewthwaite 'crucial'

The public's help in identifying Samantha Lewithwaite, the fugitive known as the "White Widow" is crucial, Interpol's chief executive said.

Samantha Lewthwaite, widow of 7/7 bomber Jermain Lindsay. Credit: Interpol

Interpol have issued a "Red Notice" for her arrest, and circulated it across 190 member countries. Secretary General Ronald Noble said the publication of the alert meant that the public could also play a crucial role in providing information to law enforcement to help identify and locate her.

“By requesting an INTERPOL Red Notice, Kenya has activated a global ‘tripwire’ for this fugitive.

“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."

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