White widow Samantha Lewthwaite being guarded by suicide squad after surviving bomb raid
SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2The F-5 plane hit the base in Garabarhey, killing 57 al-Shabaab fighters including six senior foreign leaders. It is thought that mum-of-four Lewthwaite was hiding near the camp when it was targeted. Major Emmanuel Chirchir, of the KDF, said: “We know she was hiding in the training camps. It’s difficult to know for sure where she is but we will get her.” Lewthwaite, a soldier’s daughter, from Aylesbury, Bucks, was spirited away from the base in a 4x4 vehicle as she continues her bid to evade capture. She is being hunted over links to various terror plots including the Kenyan mall atrocity in September. Lewthwaite is also wary of the 10,000 troops from UN peacekeeping force Amisom, which has launched an offensive against al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda offshoot. Muslim convert Lewthwaite, an al-Shabaab leader, is the widow of Germaine Lindsay – one of the London 7/7 suicide bombers. Lewthwaite’s al-Qaeda masters have given her the team of bodyguards from the suicide brigade which is al-Shabaab’s most popular unit. Colonel Yasin Hiro, of the Somali National Army, said: “She is being protected by some of their best fighters. They are moving her all the time, sometimes by camel or donkey. “It is very difficult terrain and hard to access. But she is prized – they will die for her and take many others with her.” The Mirror can reveal that spies reported seeing Lewthwaite three weeks ago in thick forests near the small village of War Harqan, 50 miles north-west of the city of Baidoa. A UN source said: “She is being guarded by heavily armed men who cover themselves entirely. Only their eyes show. “They hide her in a thicket and travelled a long way to buy milk off nomads. “But they warned them ‘If anyone comes near the forests, we’ll cut their throats’. “These fighters from the suicide brigade also put her in limestone caves. They are paranoid she will be bombed by air force jets or captured by special forces.” It is thought that Lewthwaite has a chaperone but her children are not with her as she continues to live a desperate existence on the run. Her appearance may have changed through plastic surgery and it thought she has dyed her hair and lost more than two stone. Security services believe she is still directing terror from Somalia and is on a revenge mission after her mentor – al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Abubakar Shariff Ahmed – was killed last month in Mombasa, Kenya. Sources claim he was gunned down by an Israeli-trained Kenyan hit squad. Ahmed is believed to have recruited hundreds of Brits including Lewthwaite, her pal Jermaine Grant, who is on trial accused of bomb plots, and Fusilier Lee Rigby’s killer Michael Adebolajo. Lewthwaite is believed to have sworn revenge by hitting Western targets. Police recently foiled a plot by 11 disciples of Lewthwaite to explode a car filled with six TNT pipe bombs in a shopping centre in Mombasa. A church in the city was bombed killing six. The White Widow has been on the run for nearly three years after being linked to a failed plot to blow up Western tourist hotels and a mall in Mombasa. She was accused of being behind the massacre of 67 people, including five Brits, in the Westgate mall attack in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Witnesses claim a woman matching her description directed gunmen as they ran amok. Interpol issued a global alert for her arrest but UN sources said Lewthwaite slipped across the border north to lawless Somalia. Somali pirates then apparently whisked her by speedboat to a remote beach before she was taken to a jungle hideout in Raas Kambooni. She was seen near the ex-terrorist stronghold of Kismayo before going by speedboat to Barawe which is still held by al-Shabaab. In December spies reported seeing her near Baidoa before being transported by camel to the training camps. Col Hiro told the Mirror: “She was right here near Baidoa. But they have moved her all the time. Sometimes she has had to travel on a donkey and sleep in snake-infested forests. “The terrorists launch suicide attacks all the time. The suicide fighters are the most prized.” Traumatised Somalis have spoken of al-Shabaab brutality. Ahmed Jelleliban’s mum was stoned to death by the terror group in Somalia for not wearing full veils. Ahmed’s 15-year-old sister Fatuma was kidnapped. The dad, 26, said: “Fighters in black robes came to our house and took Fatuma at gunpoint. They threatened to kill everyone if we did not give her to them. We have not seen her since.” Speaking at a refugee camp in the capital Mogadishu, Ahmed added: “I had to watch them stone my mother to death.” Mum-of-11 Ibado Abdi Ali was forced to watch as the extremists mutilated a petty thief in Baidoa and left him to die in the dust. Ibado, 42, said: “They made hundreds of people go into the main square. “Two of them held him down as another took the knife and cut off his arms. When they went to cut off his leg they were struggling as the knife was not sharp enough. “They were hacking away and the man’s screams were horrific.” Lewthwaite’s terrorist manifesto – believed to have been written when she was in an al-Shabaab safe house in Mombasa – was uncovered by the Mirror last year. It revealed she brainwashed young radicals for a Holy War against the West. - The Mirror
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