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Moscow Claims they Killed Notorious Woman Known as The White Widow Disputed By Intelligence Officials in Africa

November 17, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Reports of the British woman known as the ‘the world’s most dangerous female terrorist’ being shot dead in Ukraine by a Russian sniper is being disputed by the Kenyan government.

Samantha Lewthwaite, aka the ‘White Widow’, is one of Britain’s most wanted people and has been implicated in atrocities in Africa and the Middle East.

The Moscow news agency Regnum claimed the 30-year-old was shot and killed by a Russian sniper two weeks ago in Ukraine, where she was allegedly fighting for volunteer battalion Aidar.

‘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.

“The Russian sniper who killed the British terrorist now has a price of nearly one million dollars on his head from Ukrainian special services.”

However, counter-terrorism officials in Kenya updated their profile of Lewthwaite in response to claims from a Moscow news agency that she had been killed by sniper fire while fighting with a Ukrainian volunteer battalion against pro-Russian rebels.

Kenyan intelligence have demanded to see Lewthwaite’s body and say they refuse to believe she has been part of any militia outside East Africa.

Senior sources said: ‘We believe we currently have an accurate profile of Lewthwaite’s life and location. She has been linked to other jihad suspects in the past but we now know that she is in a stable marriage with Salim and has two young children with him.

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British intelligence lost track of her and until she surfaced in December 2011 in the small town of Bakarani on Kenya’s east coast where police had swooped in on a slum area to arrest suspected terrorists.

As authorities in the UK sent her DNA and fingerprints to Scotland Yard overnight, Lewthwaite fled. It was discovered later that when police confronted her she was staying at her in-laws’ house. Salim’s widowed sister Naseem and their mother lived there.

It now emerges that Lewthwaite had met and married Salim, through the cleric al- Faisal, in Johannesburg in 2008.

They had false South African identities and both worked in the city while planning their jihadist activities.

By marrying Salim,  Samantha Lewthwaite has joined a family steeped in Muslim extremism and the jihad.

Salim’s brother-in-law was notorious al-Qaeda recruiting officer Musa Dheere , shot dead at a roadblock in Mogadishu in 2011 alongside Fazul Mohamed, a terror suspect with a $5m (£3.1m) bounty on his head.

Dheere was wanted for the bombing of American embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam in 1998 when several hundred were killed.

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