It’s claimed she got past airport security using a forged South African passport in the name of a British nurse.
This is the fake passport Samantha Lewthwaite is thought to have used to travel into Kenya.
South African authorities are conducting a “thorough investigation” into claims Lewthwaite got past airport security using a forged South African passport in the name of a British nurse called Natalie Faye Webb.
Her children are also thought to have had fake papers.
Terrorism expert Professor Hussein Solomon said: “She managed to enter the country even though her name is on Interpol’s list of wanted persons.”
Lewthwaite, a 29-year-old mother of three, is the widow of London suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay.
She is suspected to have been the mastermind behind the weekend gun and bomb attack on Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi in which more than 60 people were killed.
Born to English soldier Andy Lewthwaite – who met and married Irish Catholic Christine Allen while serving in Northern Ireland during the 1970s – she enjoyed an unremarkable childhood on Banbridge’s Whyte Acres estate.
Lewthwaite was still at primary school when her family moved to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.
In 1995 her parents split.
After converting to Islam at 17, Samantha changed her name to Sherafiyah and married Lindsay, who detonated the bomb at King’s Cross Tube station, killing 26 people in July 2005. The pair had met on an Islamic chatroom.
At the time she said she was horrified by the massacre.
In 2009 Lewthwaite disappeared with her three children but resurfaced two years later after travelling to Kenya on a false passport.
The Kenyan authorities issued a photograph of a white woman in a veil who they said was wanted for questioning about a bomb factory in the coastal resort of Mombassa.
The woman was Lewthwaite.
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