One name that sends fear across security and paramilitary boarders across Africa and the world is the White Widow Samantha Lawthwaite. She is married the mastermind of the popular 7/7 bomber.
And since then, top security investigations have linked her to deadly attacks, including a shopping complex in Kenya.
Now back to the latest bomb blast in Nyanya, Abuja, that send many to their early grave. The White Widow has been linked to the terror attack. The huge explosion destroyed forty vehicles and left a sickening trail of death and destruction as fuel tanks on nearby vehicles also exploded amid the heat of the blast.
But while nobody has officially claimed responsibility, security sources, according to a report on DailyStar fear the bombing may have been a revenge attack…
What revenge? The death of Lewthwaite’s mentor, al-Shabaab terror chief, Makaburi, aka Sheikh Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, two weeks ago.
A security source said agents across Africa are on high alert after the assassination of Makaburi – reportedly by the UK and US funded Kenyan Anti Terror Police Unit (ATPU) 14 days ago. Adding that Lewthwaite and her associates “wanted revenge”.
In the words of the sources: “Makaburi was always believed to be at the very top of the hierarchy of terror organisation al-Shabaab.
Intelligence suggests he introduced Samantha Lewthwaite to many influential figures within the al Shabaab network. He guided her on her path to Jihad. His murder was seen as yet another act of war.”
Lewthwaite, 30, is believed to be in Nigeria, Kenya or Somalia, where Islamist terror networks are closely linked, making it far easier for her to evade detection than in Europe. The daughter of a British Army soldier, she is already on Interpol’s Most Wanted list in connection with seven murders as well as the siege of the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2013 which left 67 dead and nearly 200 injured.
She was reportedly caught at a checkpoint in Nigeria just six months ago – but bribed her way to freedom.