• Directory of Taiwan

'White widow' lived near other Kenyan mall

'White widow' lived near other Kenyan mall in 2011, caretaker and official say

'White widow' lived near other Kenyan mall

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A security official and apartment caretaker say a British-born Muslim convert dubbed "the white widow" by London's tabloids lived close to one of Nairobi's major malls in 2011.

Last month Interpol issued an arrest notice for 29-year-old fugitive Samantha Lewthwaite, not in connection with the September terrorist attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall, but over a 2011 plot to bomb holiday resorts in Kenya.

A caretaker at the OakPark Apartments, near another mall named Junction, said Wednesday that Lewthwaite lived there in 2011. Alfred Osiole said Lewthwaite lived with a boyfriend and four children.

A Kenyan security official confirmed Lewthwaite lived near Junction but he said it was not likely she was carrying out surveillance. The security official said Lewthwaite's role in al-Shabab is more of a courier and financier.

Updated : 2021-05-06 18:40 GMT+08:00