Location of Brit jihadi ‘White Widow’ remains mystery 10 years after vanishing

A British jihadist dubbed the 'White Widow' is still on the run from Interpol 10 years after she evaded UK security services to escape in Africa.

Samantha Lewthwaite, the widowed wife of London 7/7 bomber Germaine Lindsay, was on Interpol’s most wanted following claims she had plotted a number of terror attacks from 2012.

It was believed that she was an operative of al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based terrorist group active in East Africa.

The mum-of-four disappeared ten years ago and her family believe she may already be dead, the Mirror reports.

However, security analysts believe she could be hiding in a remote location in Somalia or Tanzania.

Speaking to the Mirror, Lewthwaite’s uncle Nigel said: “As far as I know my brother’s (her dad) not heard anything from her since way back. I don’t know how long it’s been.

“She’s probably dead, but they’re not saying anything.”

­Shortly after arriving in Africa, Lewthwaite was accused by Kenyan police of plotting terror attacks on tourist hotels in February 2012.

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She had travelled there on a fraudulent passport by stealing the identity of a nurse and is alleged to have co-ordinated an al-Shabaab cell from a safehouse in Mombasa.

Lewthwaite also ­reportedly launched a rocket-propelled grenade at football supporters in a bar in Mombasa during Euro 2012.

In 2015, she was linked with the deaths of 148 people in a terrorist attack on a university in Kenya.

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The status of her children, three of whom were born in Britain, is also unknown.

Her husband Lindsay blew himself and 26 others up on a tube train travelling from King’s Cross to Russell Square in 2005.

Rumours of sightings over the years have suggested Lewthwaite had left Africa after reports of her being in Yemen, Syria, and on Ukraine’s border with Russia.

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Omar Mahmood, The Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Somalia, believes she is no longer active as an al-Shabaab jihadist but could be hiding within an area the group controls in Africa.

He said: ““If she's on good terms within the organisation, then she could be living in one of the larger towns and villages that al-Shabaab occupies.

“It would be difficult for her to blend in and ­maintain some level of concealment for a long period, ­especially if she were moving about.

“Any sort of movement would ­definitely expose her to some risks.”

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