Speculation is growing that Samantha Lewthwaite, nicknamed "the white widow", daughter of a British soldier and widow of suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, who blew himself up on a London Underground train on July 7, 2005, was among the attackers of Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, AFP reported Tuesday (September 24th).
Media reports have linked her to plotting or masterminding attacks across the Horn of Africa, though often with little clear evidence of her role.
Kenyan Secretary of Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed said Monday that a British woman was involved in the Westgate attack, telling PBS that "she has, I think, done this many times before".
But Secretary of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government Joseph Ole Lenku had earlier denied that any of the insurgents were women, although some male attackers "had dressed like women".
In 2011, Kenyan police released wanted notices for Lewthwaite, saying she was travelling under a false South African passport with the name Natalie Faye Webb, accompanied by her three children, a girl and two boys.
Rumours abound that Lewthwaite is also behind the Twitter handle @MYC_Press -- al-Shabaab's affiliate in Kenya, the Muslim Youth Centre, which regularly comments on Kenyan extremism, as well as entering into a war of words with rival Islamists.