Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the “White Widow,” has been purportedly shot dead in the Ukraine by a volunteer Russian sniper. However, confusion is mounting over the demise of the British female terrorist. Russian new agency Regnum says the “White Widow” was shot dead fighting alongside Kiev forces. However, Kiev denies this.
One of the most pursued terrorists, the 30-year-old mother of four was believed to have been assassinated two weeks ago in the Ukraine. As reported by RT News, Lewthwaite recently fought alongside one of Kiev’s most infamous squads – the Aidar battalion, which is known for its brutality in eastern Ukraine.
Lewthwaite is the widow of Jermain Lindsay, one of the suicide bombers in Britain’s worst-ever terror attack in 2005. Jermain Lindsay, aged 19, detonated a device on a train travelling between King’s Cross and Russell Square tube stations. His blast killed 27 people, including Lindsay himself. Lewthwaite was pregnant at the time with their second child. She disappeared a few months after the subway bombings.
Lewthwaite is believed to have participated in terrorist plots in Kenya, trained jihadists in Somalia and aided the al-Shabab terrorist network.
She remarried, this time to a British-born Muslim extremist who was reported killed in Somalia during a shoot-out between rival factions of al-Shabab in 2013.
Lewthwaite is credited with masterminding the September, 2013 slaughter at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, where 67 people were killed by terrorists armed with assault rifles and grenades. Witnesses said a white woman was among the attackers. She was reported as deceased following this attack, but the reports were proven to be false.
As reported by the New York Daily News, the night before the attack of the mall in Nairobi, Lewthwaite spent time surfing the web looking up summer dresses, open-toe shoes and make-up tips. Her intent was to blend in with the western women to evade capture.
Her plan worked. She escaped Kenya with a fake passport claiming she was from South Africa. She has eluded authorities ever since.
Interpol made Lewthwaite the world’s most wanted female terrorist after her involvement in the Nairobi Mall attack.
Recently, it was alleged that the “White Widow” had joined ISIS and was one of its most prominent female fighters, teaching others how to make explosives and working as a sniper.
The Hindustan Times reports that the “White Widow’s” dad, former British soldier Andrew Lewthwaite, 58, was asked about his daughter at his house in Aylesbury, Bucks.
“I have heard nothing. No one has told me anything. I’m not saying anything.”
As reported on RT News, Aidar commander, Sergey Melnichuk, said Lewthwaite was never part of his battalion.
“We don’t have any ‘White Widows,’ and nor could we,” Melnichuk said, claiming that this report is an attempt “to drive a wedge between us (Ukrainian forces) and our British allies.“
RT News went on to report that a senior intelligence officer in East Africa told the Daily Mail that “all the evidence is that she (Lewthwaite) remains in Africa, we have not seen any evidence she is in Ukraine – dead or alive.”
While there are conflicting versions of events, actual evidence has not been presented. Lewthwaite’s death has yet to be confirmed.
Read more about the White Widow’s history of terrorism here.