THE widow of Huddersfield 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay has financed an alleged terror plot targeting Kenyan tourist hotels with chemical explosives, it has been claimed.
Samantha Lewthwaite is also thought to be now recruiting and training all-women attack squads in Somalia even though she is on the run.
Jacob Ondari, assistant director of public prosecutions in Kenya, said Lewthwaite was a key figure in a cell of radicalised Muslims – believed to include at least three Britons – that was planning attacks in Kenya last Christmas.
It is the first time she has been officially linked to Jermaine Grant, a 29-year-old British Muslim whose trial on explosives and bombing conspiracy charges has just begun in Kenya.
Mr Ondari added: "She is wanted for questioning in relation to this same plot. It is our belief that she is connected with Grant and that they were working together. We believe she was the financier.’’
In a separate revelation, according to a blog entry on a website used by the Muslim Youth Centre – a radical Kenyan pro-jihadi movement – an entry written by a female sympathiser in Tanzania says Lewthwaite is known in terror circles as ‘Dada Mzungu’, which means ‘white sister’ in Swahili.
She writes: "In +252 (Somalia) she commands her ‘all-female mujahid terror squad’ and conducts her operations against the kuffar.’’