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The Scoop
February 29, 2012

New 7/7 link emerges in Kenyan terrorism case

by
Robin Simcox

Duncan Gardham in the Telegraph today reports on an intriguing development in the case of Jermaine Grant, the Muslim convert from Newham, East London, who has appeared in court in Kenya on charges of possessing explosives and preparing an attack.

Kenyan authorities are now on the lookout for Natalie Faye Webb – aka Samantha Lewthwaite – the widow of 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay. Webb is thought to have links to a terrorist cell planning an attack in Kenya, who are currently embroiled in a war with al-Qaeda’s East African branch, al-Shabaab. According to the police in Nairobi, Webb is ‘not a small fish’ and is ‘among several Britons’ plotting against Kenya. Also being pursued is Habib Ghani, from Hounslow, West London who is now living in Africa. Both are believed to be connected to Grant.

Webb has had some journey to terrorism. She converted to Islam aged 15, marrying Lindsay in 2002 after meeting him on the internet. She was seven months pregnant when Lindsay – who was also cheating on her – committed the most devastating of all the suicide attacks on 7/7, killing 26 commuters. Webb claimed that she ‘abhorred’ the attacks – yet now appears to be following a similar path to that of her husband.

Webb is believed to be travelling with her three children – one of which is actually thought to have been fathered by a Moroccan Muslim from Birmingham.

Robin Simcox

About Robin Simcox

Robin Simcox is a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, where he specialises in al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda inspired terrorism. He is the co-author of both editions of 'Islamist Terrorism: The British Connections' and several other reports broadly focussed on national security, terrorism and al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda affiliated movements across the world. Simcox has written for the likes of the Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Guardian, Weekly Standard, Spectator, Huffington Post and Daily Telegraph and regularly appears across a broad variety of media outlets, including the BBC, Fox News, Sky News, Channel 4 and al-Jazeera. He has spoken on a variety of platforms, including the British Parliament, US Special Operations Command and the European Parliament.

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