A widow of a 7/7 bomber is suspected of being the principal financier of a terror plot to murder hundreds of British tourists in Kenya. Samantha Lewthwaite, 28, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire intended to use a lethal cocktail of bombs to kill tourists in Mombasa, the second-largest city in Kenya, a court was told.
Detectives think Lewthwaite and British co-conspirator Jermaine Grant were primed to carry out their assault before he was arrested.
Muslim convert, Grant, went on trial for his part in the supposed Al Qaeda linked conspiracy on Thursday.
Lewthwaite was travelling in the East African region on a false passport when she was apprehended with Grant five months ago, she first gained notoriety when it was discovered she was seven months’ pregnant when her husband Jermaine Lindsay, also known as Abdullah Shaheed Jamal, discharged a bomb that killed himself and 26 others on a train travelling on the Piccadilly line between the King’s Cross, St.Pancras and Russell Square tube stations on July 7, 2005.
She absconded and is now being hunted by the CIA, Scotland Yard and Kenyan police and is understood to be in hiding in lawless Somalia.
Islamic fundamentalist Grant, 29, from Newham, East London, refutes bomb-making allegations with intent to ‘cause loss of lives to innocent civilians’.
Their targets were thought to be the Serena Beach Hotel, usually packed with British tourists, and a shopping centre in close proximity.