Kenya 'White Widow' trail cold

Mombasa - Kenyan detectives told a court on Thursday they had lost the trail of British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the "White Widow", suggesting the fugitive may have taken another identity.

Detectives hunting Lewthwaite were ordered to appear in court Thursday in the port city Mombasa after failing to heed previous summons to provide updates on their search.

"We have tried to arrest her, but she keeps on changing her identity and location," said Abednego Kilonzo, a police chief inspector, said in a statement.

"She must have a new name from the previous ones," the statement added, read to the court by lawyer Eugene Wangila.

Lewthwaite is the subject of an Interpol "red notice" warrant for her detention, issued at Kenya's request.

She is wanted in Kenya on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011.

She has previously used a false South African passport and alias.

Lewthwaite, a 30-year-old Muslim convert, has been linked to Somalia's Al-Qaeda-tied Shabaab rebels, who have launched a string of attacks in Kenya including last September's assault on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall that claimed at least 67 lives.

She is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, one of four Islamist suicide bombers who attacked the London transport network on 7 July 2005, killing 52 people.

Computer files seized from her previous home in Mombasa by police have shown the mother-of-four wrote poetry praising Osama bin Laden, as well as showing a keen interest in dieting and fitness programmes.

Kenyan media have reported several times witnesses seeing a mystery white woman during a string of grenade attacks or killings on the coast, but who apparently then vanishes without trace.

In June, media speculated that a white woman had been allegedly offered a police escort in April to visit a Kenyan army base in Somalia before disappearing.

Police dismissed the report and said it had been a Spanish tourist.

She has been variously reported as being seen riding a camel in Somalia, as well as across the other side of Africa, in Nigeria.

But there has been no confirmed sighting since she gave Kenyan police the slip in Mombasa in 2011, reportedly using her false South African passport.

Hauke Liefferink 2014/08/14 09:42:10 PM
Duh! She's probably hiding in a Ninja suit.
Nomcebo Ngidi 2014/08/14 10:10:26 PM
she stays at Rondesboch WC but she looks older now
Darrell Matodes 2014/08/14 10:18:46 PM
She's still in SA
Robert Miller 2014/08/14 10:22:34 PM
The ninja lady has been offered accommodation at nkandla.
Jolene Abrahams 2014/08/14 10:44:15 PM
Kul jou hier en kul jou daar en sien daar lol,,
James Ilukena 2014/08/14 11:32:17 PM
This is what is call smart people. Everything about her is seen then disappear. Police, Interpol and intelligence all failed to capture her.
Glodi Ben Tshakatumba 2014/08/14 11:34:34 PM
Been asking for a farm for long ey lol
Byron Kyle Paschke 2014/08/14 11:42:10 PM
She was in hatfield Pretoria a few months ago. We saw her at the nando's, I'm not joking. We reported it to the police and the guy didn't even know what I was talking about... Scary day
Byron Kyle Paschke 2014/08/14 11:44:38 PM
We saw her in hatfield Pretoria a few months ago ... No jokes ... Was in April
Ursula Nel 2014/08/15 06:26:21 AM
Could be hiding in Mongolia ;)