7/7 widow charged with Kenya terror plot

Samantha Lewthwaite, terror suspect from Aylesbury
Samantha Lewthwaite, terror suspect from Aylesbury

THE wife of Aylesbury 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay has been charged with a bomb plot which could have killed hundreds of holiday makers.

Aylesbury-born Samantha Lewthwaite has been accused by police in Kenya of trying to improvise explosives.

She was charged in her absence with a plot to attack tourists in Mombasa by bombing luxury hotels.

The mother-of-three, who lived in Northern Road, Aylesbury, when her husband carried out the London bombing, is thought to have fled to Somalia.

Prosecutors in Kenya say the 28 year old may be tried in her absence.

As well as targeting hotels, it is also thought Lewthwaite intended to bomb a shopping centre. She was charged with ‘conspiring to improvise an explosive device with the intent to cause harm to innocent civilians’.

Prosecutors say she was days from carrying out the deadly attacks in December, before her Al Qaeda-linked plot was foiled.

Her family say they have not seen her for years.

Officials in Kenya say Miss Lewthwaite was most recently using the name Natalie Faye Webb and carrying a forged South African passport.

She lived in Northern Road, Aylesbury, with husband Jermaine, who killed 26 people when he detonated a bomb between King’s Cross and Russell Square in July 2005.

When reports first emerged of her links to the plot, Thames Valley Police revealed it was providing support for her family, but was not involved in the search for her.