Father begs terror suspect to get in touch

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The father of a July 7 bomber’s widow suspected of being part of a terror cell has begged her to “get in touch”.

Andy Lewthwaite, 56, pleaded for his daughter to contact her family as police in Kenya hunted a woman using several identities, including that of Samantha Lewthwaite, 28.

But he insisted Ms Lewthwaite, who was married to King’s Cross suicide attacker Jermaine Lindsay, would not be embroiled in terrorist activity.

Lindsay, originally from Huddersfield, later moved to Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire where the couple lived. The mother-of-three is reportedly travelling with her children.

Builder Mr Lewthwaite told reporters: “I just wish she would get in touch with us.”

He has not seen his daughter for months and said the family had not heard from her for some time.

“Samantha would not be involved in anything to do with terrorism,” he said. “She was badly affected by what happened before and would have nothing to do with it. I am sure of that.”

Kenyan officers believe Ms Lewthwaite was most recently using the name Natalie Faye Webb and carrying a forged South African passport.

She is believed to have evaded capture when authorities carried out a raid on a group suspected of planning a terror attack in Mombasa over Christmas.

Scotland Yard said it had sent a team of officers to Kenya to help with a terror-related incident in recent months The Metropolitan Police has refused to discuss the extent of its involvement in the operation.

Ms Lewthwaite converted to Islam aged 15 and married Lindsay in 2002 before he killed 26 people when he blew himself up in July 2005.