‘White Widow', world’s most-wanted woman terrorist, shot dead
Samantha Lewthwaite had joined the Ukraine conflict just two weeks ago and was fighting on the side of a pro-government group. The Russian sniper who killed her now has a bounty of $630,000 on his head from Ukrainian special services.world Updated: Nov 14, 2014 13:08 IST
Samantha Lewthwaite or the White Widow has reportedly been gunned down in war-torn Ukraine by a Russian marksman.
According to The Mirror, Lewthwaite, the world’s most wanted woman terrorist, had joined the Ukraine conflict just two weeks ago and was fighting on the side of a pro-government group, Aidar, as a sniper.
The Russian sniper who killed the British terrorist now has a bounty of $630,000 on his head from Ukrainian special services.
Muslim-convert Lewthwaite, who was married to London 7/7 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, had been on the run ever since she was linked to a failed plot to blow up hotels and a shopping centre in Mombasa, Kenya, in 2011.
The mum-of-four has reportedly been seen across Kenya and Somalia after allegedly becoming a top commander within al-Shabaab — the terror gang behind the Nairobi mall atrocity, when at least 67 people died in September last year.
Interpol made her world’s most wanted woman terrorist after her involvement in a Nairobi Mall attack.
Reports last month had said that she had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and was one of its most prominent female fighters.
However, experts said the latest claims could be plausible if it was found Lewthwaite travelled to Ukraine to join radical Islamists fighting against Russia.
The White Widow’s dad, former British soldier Andrew Lewthwaite, 58, said at his house in Aylesbury, Bucks: “I have heard nothing. No one has told me anything. I’m not saying anything.”
Reports of her death came amid masses of propaganda from Moscow and Kiev over the Ukrainian crisis. And counter-terrorism expert Prof Anthony Glees said the claims could be a “diversion” by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
First Published: Nov 14, 2014 01:45 IST