Wanted British ‘White Widow’ terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite ‘shot dead by Russian sniper in Ukraine’
Samantha Lewthwaite, 30, was gunned down by a Russian sniper two weeks ago, according to Moscow news agency Regnum.
One of Britain’s most wanted people, she was reported last month as fighting for the Islamic State’s terrorists in Syria.
The extraordinary Russian claim has not yet been formally verified and her father has said he is not aware if the reports are true.
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Lewthwaite was married to 7/7 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, 19, a Jamaican-born Yorkshireman, and allegedly left Britain in 2009 before being linked to atrocities in Africa.
“One of the world’s most wanted terrorists Samantha Lewthwaite who fought as part of a Ukrainian battalion has been killed by a volunteer sniper,” said the news agency report.
“According to our information, the White Widow fought on the side of Ukrainian volunteer battalion Aidar as a sniper.
“She was killed by “a volunteer sniper who came to fight at the Lugansk front from Russia”.
The report continued: “The Russian sniper who killed the British terrorist now has a price of nearly one million dollars on his head from Ukrainian special services.”
But Lewthwaite dad, 58-year-old builder Andrew Lewthwaite, said: “I have heard nothing. No-one has told me anything about this. I’m not saying anything more about it.”
The extraordinary unconfirmed claim came amid a welter of propaganda from Moscow and Kiev over the Ukrainian crisis.Reports last month claimed Lewthwaite – a former soldier’s daughter – joined Islamic State earlier this year and became one of the most powerful women in the network.
Born in Northern Ireland and schooled in Aylesbury, she was not previously linked to Ukraine.She was responsible for training a special team of female suicide bombers in Syria, it was alleged.
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Lewthwaite allegedly trained and mentored British converts who volunteered to fight for the IS.The 7/7 attack on the London transport network on 7 July 2005 killed 52 people.
Lewthwaite had been viewed as the innocent Home Counties’ wife of a suicide bomber but was later seen as “the world’s most dangerous female terrorist”.
In June 2012 two men and a white woman – believed to be her – wearing Islamic dress killed three and injured 25 at a beer garden in Mombasa after throwing grenades at foreigners watching England play Italy at Euro 2012.
She was also linked to another grenade attack which killed security guards in an upmarket restaurant.