Samantha Lewthwaite, 'White Widow' Of London Suicide Bomber, Allegedly Recruiting Terrorists In Somalia
Samantha Lewthwaite, a terrorism suspect on the run from police in East Africa, is allegedly recruiting and training all-female terror squads, according to the Telegraph.
The 28-year-old woman is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, a suicide bomber who killed 26 people when he blew up a London subway train during the coordinated terror attacks of July 7, 2005. This earned her the nickname "White Widow" in the British press.
Lewthwaite, who is believed to be under the protection of the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab, has been fleeing an international dragnet with her three children since December after being implicated by authorites in an Islamist plot to bomb hotels in Kenya.
Officials from Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism unit have joined the hunt for Lewthwaite in Kenya, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
An anonymous blog post on a radical Kenyan pro-jihadi movement website alleged that the Northern Ireland-born Lewthwaite is recruiting and training an "all-female mujahid [holy warrior] terror squad," the Telegraph reported. Kenyan police confirmed that the post was consistant with their intelligence, according to MSNBC.
According to handwritten notes believed to be authored by Lewthwaithe, which were included in a London police file obtained by the Daily Mail on Sunday, the woman is also raising her children to be Islamist jihadis.
The notes describe a conversation between Lewthwaite's new husband, British terror suspect Habib Saleh Ghani, and her children:
"[Ghani] gave a talk to my eight-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. He asked them what do you want to be when you are older? Both had many answers but both agreed to wanting to be a Mujahid."
Kenyan police said that the notes were found at Lewthwaite's last known residence in Mombasa and form a synopsis of her guide book to becoming a jihadi, according to the Daily Mail.