Kenya says 'white widow' Interpol alert not linked to mall attack

By REUTERS
September 27, 2013 00:54

 
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NAIROBI - Kenya asked international police agency Interpol to issue a wanted persons alert for Samantha Lewthwaite, a British citizen dubbed the "white widow" who has been cited by British police as a possible suspect in the Kenyan mall attack.

Ndegwa Muhoro, director of Kenya's Criminal Investigation Department, said the so-called red alert for Lewthwaite is not related to the attack by Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab militants on the Westgate mall in Nairobi that killed at least 72 people.

"The 'red alert' has nothing to do with Westgate. Her role in this attack is yet to be confirmed, but she is wanted on charges of possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony," Muhoro told Reuters.

Interpol's red alert says the felony dates to December 2011.

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