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White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite was with British jihadist when he beheaded 50 villagers in Northern Kenya

By Mirror | October 19th 2015


White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite was alongside fellow British jihadist Thomas Evans when he beheaded innocent victims in a village, it has been claimed.

Witness statements uncovered by a team investigating al-Shabaab terrorist Evans refer to a mystery woman who was involved in the atrocity that claimed the lives of more than 50 people in the Kenyan countryside in June last year.

A man who identified Evans as one of the killers also saw “a white woman with a skirt, holding a big gun and with a chain of bullets around her chest”.

A security source said: "There was another credible sighting of Lewthwaite in Lamu County on the Kenya-Somalia border, very close to this massacre, earlier in 2014.

"We know she has been closely involved with al-Shabaab in this region.

"Another relevant factor is this woman tried to cross into Somalia very close to where Evans and his cohorts were gathering.

"She disappeared after being challenged by immigration officials."

Mum-of-four Lewthwaite , 31 – who has been dubbed the world’s most wanted woman – is not named in the dossier.

But the previous apparent sighting in the same border region suggests she is the female terrorist that was spotted during al-Shabaab’s mass killing in the village of Mpeketoni.

Lewthwaite and Evans are from towns 15 miles apart in Buckinghamshire.

In the African border villages where Evans slaughtered innocent civilians he became known as the White Beast.

The former electrician, from High Wycombe, who changed his name to Abdul Hakim, was killed aged 25 when his 50-strong unit crossed back from Somalia into Kenya in June this year.

They were shot down by Kenyan troops waiting in ambush on the anniversary of the Mpeketoni massacre.

An image of Evans’s bloodied corpse was posted on Twitter. His devastated mum Sally Evans had not seen her son in four years.

Investigators on a Channel 4 documentary called My Son the Jihadi, due to be broadcast on Thursday, gathered the gruesome evidence of Evans’s atrocities.

Speaking for the first time about the dossier, Sally, 57, said: “I can’t believe that he did that and he thought he was doing the right thing. It sickens me to think he did it. I’m so ashamed of him.

“It’s easy for me to remember him as the Thomas I knew, but I know I have to face up to what he’s done.

“I have to accept what he is capable of. I can’t work out how he could justify it.”

She added: “I suppose you put two and two together and think of Lewthwaite, but Thomas never mentioned her.”

The witness statements relate to two al-Shabaab massacres in Lamu County in which more than 90 people were butchered in total. Footage filmed the night before the Mpeketoni slaying in June 2014 shows bearded Evans smiling as he hugs fellow fighters.

 Ann Wairimu was staying in a guesthouse with her husband when the terrorists shot their way in then marched the residents into the street at gunpoint.

She looked on in horror as her husband was murdered.

“When we got outside we saw one white man,” she said.

“He was smiling at us and telling us, ‘Now we’ve got your men. We will kill them in pain while you women watch them dying’.

“They put our husbands on the ground and forced us to watch them being slaughtered. The white man removed his big knife from his chest and started to slaughter them one by one, and then he removed a camera and filmed them being shot by the other attackers.”

Another Kenyan, Samuel Njuguna, told how he and four friends were surrounded and told to lie on the ground. Evans then interrogated them.

“A white man comes near us and starts to ask our names,” he told investigators. “My friend was asked, ‘What’s your name?’ in English by the white man. My friend answered Kamau and the white man cut his head and other attackers shot him.

“My second friend was asked and answered Peter. He was shot in his chest and the white man cut his neck. My third friend’s name was Komu. They killed him.”

Samuel said that an attacker asked him his name while Evans cleaned blood from his knife.

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