TODAY   |  September 27, 2013

Hunt is on for Kenya terror suspect ‘White Widow’

Interpol has issued a warrant for Samantha Lewthwaite, known in Britain as “White Widow,” for suspected involvement in the Kenya terror attack at the Westgate mall and allegedly plotting to attack tourist resorts in Kenya in 2011. NBC’s Ron Allen reports.

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>>> for a british woman dubbed the white widow . does she have a connect to the deadly attack at the mall in kenya. ron allen is in nairobi this morning with details. good morning.

>> good morning to you willie. the police opened up some of the roads running closer to the mall. a sign they're making real progress and we have pictures that offer a close up look at the destruction. meanwhile, sources are telling nbc news that investigators are find sog many explosives they believe the plan was to try to bring the entire mall down as speculation grows about a british woman that may have been involved in the attack.

>> reporter: as investigators piece together what happened at the nairobi mall, they've issued a global arrest woman for this woman. 29, mother of three, known in britain as the white widow . her first husband was one of the suicide bombers who attacked london in 2005 killing 52. shortly after she strongly denounced the attack saying she was unaware of her husband's radicalism but a short time later she slipped out of england and is now wanted for plotting to attack tourist resorts in kenya, a case from 2011 when police discovered explosives in a home she shared with another terror suspect. and the question is whether there's a connection. she has been linked to al shabaab . the ill tamilitants that attacked the mall.

>> it would be surprising if she is a leader but she is a significant figure within the community.

>> she is a soldier's daughter that grew up in a small rural village outside of london.

>> she was a lovely young lady the time i have known her and the memories i have of her.

>>> british police are seeking dna samples, useful if her body is found in the mall. meanwhile, consumed with grief, kenyans try to focus on stories on heroism and survival. this is an american in the mall with her family running into his outstandi outstretched hand. he helped her escape to safety. her mother and brothers and sisters made it out safely. there's reports they found a vehicle connected to the militants and they're trying to chase it's owner. willie, savannah.