A woman, allegedly resembling one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, Samantha Lewthwaite, was seen in the UK this week, following a sighting in Darlington.
Lewthwaite, known as the White Widow, is considered one of the world’s most dangerous women for her affiliation with international terrorist groups.
She is the widow of 7th July bomber, Jermaine Lindsay, from Huddersfield, and is thought to have fled the UK following the London attacks before joining militant group, al-Shabaab, in Africa.
The spotting of Lewthwaite came as a woman checked into
and widow of a 7th July suicide bomber, Samantha Lewthwaite, has
Police checks on Samantha Lewthwaite, widow of Huddersfield suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay
A woman resembling one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, Samantha Lewthwaite, has been spotted checking into a hotel owned by Duncan Bannatyne, according to reports.
Durham Police are said to be probing the sighting of a guest resembling the infamous terror queen, who was once married to Huddersfield July 7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay, arriving at the four-star Bannatyne Hotel in Darlington, County Durham.
The woman’s likeness to the bomb-making mother-of-four, who was dubbed the “White Widow”, aroused suspicion as she checked in at the hotel, part of the Dragons’ Den star’s leisure group, on Boxing Day.
A hotel spokeswoman said “police are looking into it [the sighting]”, but declined to comment further.
Lewthwaite, 32, is currently on a list of high profile targets being hunted by Interpol after she was linked to a series of bloody attacks in Africa.
She is thought to have fled Britain for Africa before joining militant group al-Shabaab following the 2005 attacks in London.
Dubbed the world’s most wanted woman, she is said to been involved in a series of atrocities including the 2013 attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi and the Garissa University College massacre in April last year. Over 200 were killed in the attacks.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Lewthwaite has used the alias Natalie Webb and took the Muslim name Sherafiyah Lewthwaite when she converted to Islam as a teen.
She is the subject of a Red Notice by Interpol, who issued the international arrest warrant at the request of Kenyan authorities.
Her former husband was the ex Rawthorpe High School pupil who became one of the four July 7 terrorist bombers.
They killed 56 people in a series of attacks on London Tube trains and a London bus in the summer of 2005, having travelled from West Yorkshire.
One of the other bombers was Thornhill man Mohammed Siddique Khan.
Lindsay had been regarded as a star pupil before becoming radicalised.