White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite 'commands army of 200 widowed Al-Shabaab women'
By Mirror | May 21st 2015
Somalia: A British extremist known as the 'White Widow' is commanding an army of 200 female jihadis and is known as the "Mother of Holy War", according to reports coming out of Somalia.
Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of 7/7 bomber Germaine Lindsay, gained notoriety after fleeing the UK in the wake of the attacks and joining the Al-Shabaab terrorist group.
Now she is said to be working in the organisation's Intelligence Unit and is said to have masterminded the deaths of over 400 people in attacks carried out by her network of loyal followers.
One of her proteges was reportedly behind a recent suicide bombing at a hotel in the capital Mogadishu, killing 28 people.
She has also been linked to the appalling killings of 148 students at a university in Kenya, and the raid on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, which killed 67.
Somali security services told the Mail Online that Lewthwaite lives with a group of widowed Al-Shabaab women who she trains to gather intelligence in government-controlled areas in Somalia by posing as tea shop owners, street sellers and hotel workers.
Her so-called spies gather information and gossip from patrolling government troops in the area and passes the details back to her leader.
Intelligence officer Mohamed Hassan said: "Her activities inside the group are increasingly directed by al-Shabaab's chief of intelligence Mahad Karate."
A recent suicide attack at the Central Hotel in Mogadishu was carried out by Somali-born Lul Ahmed, believed to be a former student of Lewtwaites'.
Ahmed was posing as a receptionist when she blew herself up, killing 28 people including an MP and the city's deputy mayor.
Hassan added: "We have intelligence reports that suggest that White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite was somehow involved in the bombing at the Central hotel, one of the most serious attacks in Mogadishu."
She has been blamed for hundreds of deaths since climbing the ranks of the feared Al-Shabaab network.
Atrocities linked to the 32-year-old mother of four include last month’s slaughter of 148 by gunmen at a university in Kenya, say security chiefs.
One told the Mirror in the Somalian capital, frequently bombed by al Shabaab: “This lady sits at the right hand of the leader directing attacks.”
She has been rapidly promoted through the ranks of al Shabaab after many of its leaders died in drone attacks.
The London University graduate was quickly recognised as intelligent and evil-minded enough by jihadi terror bosses to be trusted with the most horrific atrocities.
A senior Somali anti-terror officer says Lewthwaite is now at the right hand of al Shabaab leader Ahmad Umar and is suspected of ordering the deaths of more than 400 innocent people.
He said: “She is an evil person but a very clever operator.”
Lewthwaite, of Aylesbury, Bucks, is believed to have directed terror raids, suicide attacks and car bombings in Somalia and Kenya.
She has also launched a recruitment drive of teenagers and women as suicide bombers after bribing their desperate families with as little as £300.
And Lewthwaite is believed to have sent brain-washed boys as young as 15 to their deaths as suicide bombers – after they were pumped full of heroin.
The top officer at Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency – who we are not naming to protect his identity – added: “The lady has moved up the ranks. She is one of the most important figures in the terror group.
“We think this lady is sitting at the right hand of the leader directing attacks.
“She does not carry out attacks herself as she is too important but is responsible for many, many deaths - hundreds.
“She uses children to kill for her after giving money to their families.”
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