Interpol has issued an arrest notice for Samantha Lewthwaite, the fugitive Briton whom news media have dubbed the “White Widow”.

The international police agency says the notice was issued at the request of Kenya, where she is wanted on charges of possessing explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony in December 2011.

It has confirmed her position as the most wanted woman in the world.

Lewthwaite was married to Huddersfield suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay - one of the four West Yorkshire men  who attacked London’s transport network in 2005.

She is wanted by Kenyan authorities over alleged involvement in a plot to bomb holiday resorts there.

News media speculated about her possible involvement in last week’s attack on a Nairobi mall after a Kenyan minister said a British woman was in the group. There has been no evidence to link her to the attack .

 

Social media reports that a white female was leading last week's terrorist attack on an upscale Nairobi shopping mall - followed by comments from Kenya's foreign minister that a British woman had been involved - led to the media linking Lewthwaite to the recent attack on the Westgate mall, despite the lack of hard evidence that she was involved.

The Interpol notice made no mention of Westgate, however, saying that Lewthwaite is wanted on charges of possessing explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony in December 2011.

Samantha Lewthwaite
Samantha Lewthwaite
 

African authorities have linked her to other attacks as well - again, without presenting evidence of her involvement. She is believed to have been questioned by police once but was not taken into custody.

Lewthwaite, a 29-year-old Muslim convert , originally criticised her late husband - a former Rawthorpe High School student - for taking part in the transit attacks, but later apparently embraced the jihadi cause.

She claimed in September 2005 that her husband, who was brought up in Huddersfield,  had fallen under the influence of radical mosques.

“How these people could have turned him and poisoned his mind is dreadful,” she was reported to have said.

She said: “He was an innocent, naive and simple man. I suppose he must have been an ideal candidate.

“He was so angry when he saw Muslim civilians being killed on the streets of Iraq, Bosnia, Palestine and Israel - and always said it was the innocent who suffered.”