Samantha Lewthwaite, widow of one of the 7/7 London terrorist bombers, allegedly played a big role in the Westgate Mall terror attacks in Nairobi, Kenya, but managed to escape and still is at large.
UK Daily Mail Written by the world’s most wanted woman, it is a chilling manifesto for terrorism. ‘White widow’ Samantha Lewthwaite spells out over nine scrawled pages her need to murder disbelievers and incites others – including her children – to do the same. The crumpled A4 manuscript was found in a Kenyan safe house in which she and fellow Islamic extremists were planning an attack on two hotels and a shopping centre.
Police also discovered spent AK-47 cartridges and photographs of the 29-year-old’s four children. The document shows she is grooming them to follow in the footsteps of their father, 7/7 bomber Germaine Lindsay.
Lewthwaite is accused of being behind a foiled terror plot against Western tourist targets in Kenya in Christmas 2011 and a grenade assault on a bar in the Indian Ocean resort of Mombasa last year. The Muslim convert is also linked to the Westgate Mall massacre in Nairobi in which at least 67 people were killed last month.
Days after the atrocity, Interpol issued an arrest warrant describing her as ‘dangerous’ and seeking her over the earlier Mombasa case. Her two younger children, five-year-old Abdur-Rahman and Surajah, three, are thought to be the product of a relationship with London-born terrorist Habib Saleh Ghani. A member of Al Shabaab – a Somali offshoot of Al Qaeda, the 28-year-old is thought to have been killed earlier this month in a gunfight with a rival group.
Lewthwaite’s accomplice in Mombasa is alleged to have been Jermaine Grant, 29, from Newham, east London, who is standing trial in the port accused of planning to cause the loss of life and possessing bomb-making materials. Although Lewthwaite was arrested with him she managed to escape.
Her children by Lindsay, nine-year-old Abdullah and Ruqayyah, eight, have the middle names Shaheed and Shahidah, male and female forms of the word martyr. Lewthwaite was pregnant with Ruqayyah when Lindsay blew himself up. She is thought to be in hiding in Tanzania or Somalia and an Al Shabaab spokesman says she was involved in the Nairobi atrocity.
In her document, the soldier’s daughter from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire says how ‘blessed’ she was to have had a holy warrior husband and of how she sacrificed her comfortable, Western life to fight against non-Muslims. The manuscript was recovered when Kenyan police discovered the makeshift bomb factory belonging to members of Al Shabaab.
Lewthwaite planned to write as many as six chapters, each containing her answers to questions including: ‘Explain in detail what it means to be a stranger amongst your own family, friends’ and ‘How is the reality of leaving your mothers, wives and children behind
“MY LOVE FOR JULY 7 TERRORIST BOMBER HUSBAND”
After Lindsay killed 26 people in London, his young, seemingly shy and pregnant wife described his crimes as ‘abhorrent’. Lewthwaite, who was forced to go into hiding, said: ‘I totally condemn and am horrified by the atrocities. ‘I never predicted or imagined that he was involved in such horrific activities. He was a loving husband and father.’
But writing in her notebook, the fugitive ‘white widow’ tells of her love for the man who ‘gave his all to Allah’ and how ‘blessed’ she is to have been the wife of a terrorist. Lewthwaite, who converted to Islam as a teenager, writes:
‘We praise Allah and thank him for his countless blessings upon us. ‘Allah blessed me with the best husband for me. In fact, exactly what I asked for … before marriage. ‘I asked for a man that would go forth, give all he could for Allah and live a life of terrorizing the disbelievers as they have us. ‘This is what I wanted and Allah gave me this and better.’
Lewthwaite married Jamaican-born Lindsay, known by his Muslim name Jamal, in an Islamic ceremony when he was 17 years old in 2002. She explains that he warned her that, by marrying him, she would be giving up her ‘comfortable lifestyle in the West’ but she adds: ‘I agreed. I mean of course, this path is all I ever wanted.’ In the manuscript, Lewthwaite says how important it is for the wife of ‘mujahid’ (Islamic holy warrior) to support her man.
“I’M GROOMING MY CHILDREN FOR TERROR”
In the manuscript – found alongside a crumpled photograph of what appears to be three of her children – she reveals she is grooming them to follow in the footsteps of her dead 7/7 suicide bomber husband. She wrote:
‘Recently my beloved husband gave a talk to my eight-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. ‘What makes someone a mujahid? His point to the kids, which I believe to be as relevant to many adults … was that it is not enough to say I want to be a mujahid yet live your live as [one].’ She explains how her husband grilled the children on how they hoped to achieve the goal of waging war against non-Muslims and what it will take to follow this path.
Since she escaped arrest over the Mombasa plot her children have been on the run with her. (Actually she was questioned by the Mombasa police but was let go because she used a fake passport ID)
Lewthwaite explains that her reason for putting pen to paper was to ‘incite’ others to fight against non-believers. Although the rambling manuscript is incomplete, Lewthwaite names all of the future chapters she planned to write including ‘guidance to jihad’ and ‘life as a stranger’.
“HOW TO TERRORIZE THE ‘DISBELIEVERS”
Samantha Lewthwaite’s sinister manuscript lays bare her belief that all non-Muslims should be ‘terrorized’. She quotes extracts from the Koran justifying her deluded philosophy that murder and bloodshed are the only true path for all Muslims in life.
She writes: ‘Allah will replace them with a people who love him and he loves’ adding: ‘We ask that Allah accepts the blood of all those who die.’ Lewthwaite talks of her contempt for Muslims who do not want to fight but live peacefully and try to bring about change via democratic means.
She says she prayed for a husband would go forth and ‘give all he could for Allah and live a life of terrorising the disbelievers as they have us’.