Saturday, 16 November 2013

White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite wanted for SEVEN more murders including pastors

Suspect: Samantha Lewthwaite,
Suspect: Samantha Lewthwaite

British fugitive Samantha Lewthwaite is wanted for seven murders in Kenya, including the ­executions of two radical Muslim clerics and two respected Protestant pastors, police yesterday revealed.

The White Widow, 29, has become a volatile maniac, leaving a trail of death and destruction in a bloody revenge campaign against those who cross her, security services believe.

She is said to have ordered the murders of four religious leaders in Kenya and three others linked to her al-Shabaab terror group.

Anti-terror police named the White Widow as number one suspect in the cowardly slaughter of Protestant pastors Charles Matole and Ebrahim Kidata.

They also believe she was behind the killings of radical Muslim clerics Aboud Rogo Mohammed and his successor Sheik Ibrahim Rogo after falling out with them.

Mr Matole, 41, was shot in the head at his church in Mombasa. He was found on October 19 sitting in a chair still clutching his bible.

Security sources believe he was executed after mum of four Lewthwaite, 29, became “paranoid” over his contacts with Kenyan intelligence officials.

Security services also believe the Nairobi mall massacre suspect has infuriated elders within al-Shabaab after demanding more control over its murderous activities and is locked in a power struggle.

An intelligence source said: “Samantha Lewthwaite is fighting for greater control of al-Shabaab which is angering the ­organisation’s hierarchy.

“She has become paranoid and ­unreliable to the group after being on the run for so long. They believe her judgment is clouded and she could find herself out on her own very soon.”

East Kenya police commander Aggrey Adoli said he feared Lewthwaite may be plotting even more bloodshed and had launched a huge drive to recruit young radical Muslims to her deadly cause.

Speaking of the seven murders being investigated, he said: “We believe Samantha Lewthwaite is behind these killings as well as a gang of others.

“We believe she is involved in ­recruitment of jihadists and propagation of al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda activities in the country with other like minded individuals. Once we apprehend Samantha Lewthwaite she’ll have a lot of questions to answer.

“She is without a doubt an incredible threat to national and ­international security.

"We are working round the clock to bring her in to stop her causing more carnage.”

The officer said she is wanted on charges of “murder and inciting Muslim youths to violence”.

Seven of Lewthwaite’s ­disciples, including a Tanzanian preacher, a Somali national, a Ugandan and three Kenyans, are also being hunted.

Mr Matole, known as Patrick to his congregation, was gunned down at the Redeemed Gospel Church with a single bullet.

He told friends he had received death threats in the weeks before he was killed after allegedly being approached by Kenyan security services.

It is thought they wanted him to inform them if any young Muslim men approached him for help to avoid being recruited by al-Shabaab.

A day before his murder, the body of newly-ordained preacher Mr Kidata, from the East African Pentecostal Churches, was found dumped in bushes at Kilifi, 40 miles from Mombasa. It is believed he had been strangled.

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