Hawks search for evidence of al-Shabaab in Cape Town

2013-10-06 14:00

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Hawks investigators descended on Cape Town this week to investigate links between local Somalian immigrants and refugees and the al-Shabaab terror group.

The Hawks, working closely with State Security Agency agents and the police crime intelligence unit, have also tracked the stay in South Africa ofthe so-called White Widow, Samantha Lewthwaite.

City Press was reliably told that, by the middle of this week, the investigators were yet to find evidence that Lewthwaite was complicit in any crimes in South Africa or used this nation as a base to plot the terror attack on the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

The investigators are working closely with their Kenyan counterparts and dozens of FBI agents deployed in Nairobi.

City Press understands that the Kenyan and US agents have told the South African investigators that it was unlikely Lewthwaite participated in the mall attack.

She is not on CCTV footage and eyewitness accounts of a female attacker remain vague and inconclusive.

City Press reported last week that Lewthwaite was seen earlier this year in South Africa spying on foreign embassies.

Unconfirmed reports have placed her

at the centre of the al-Shabaab attack on the Westgate mall, which left at least 72 people dead and about 175 injured. Lewthwaite is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, one of the July 7 2005 London suicide bombers.

City Press also reported last week that the presence of Lewthwaite in South Africa was reported by a foreign intelligence agency to the Jewish Community Security Organisation (CSO) because she posed a threat to their community.

In turn, the CSO passed it on to the nation’s largest private law enforcement agency, Specialised Services Group, which operates across Africa.

SA Police Service spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale declined to comment on the matter, citing security reasons.

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