NAIROBI — As Kenyan special forces closed in on holdout Islamist fighters battling in a Nairobi mall on Tuesday, speculation grew that a British woman nicknamed “The White Widow” was among the attackers.
One name stands out: Samantha Lewthwaite, 29, daughter of a British soldier and widow of suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, who blew himself up on a London Underground train on July 7, 2005, killing 26 people.
Media reports have linked her to plotting or masterminding attacks across the Horn of Africa, though often with little clear evidence of her role.
No official confirmation has been given. A senior Kenyan government official said a woman was among the attackers, but it is “impossible” based on the government's photo evidence to determine whether the woman is Lewthwaite.
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