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International Hunt Underway For 'White Widow' Terror Leader Samantha Lewthwaite

Margie Patton | PopWrapped Author

Margie Patton

05/21/2015 11:51 pm
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International Hunt Underway For 'White Widow' Terror Leader Samantha Lewthwaite | White Widow
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More details are coming to light regarding the life and crimes of Samantha Lewthwaite, the female terror leader known as the "White Widow." One of the most shocking revelations is the amount of deaths associated with Lewthwaite's campaigns. Authorities have determined that Lewthwaite is personally accountable for at least 400 lives lost.

As a prominent figure in the Al Qaeda offshoot terror group Al-Shabaab, Lewthwaite orchestrated the brutal massacre of 147 individuals, mostly Christian students, at Garissa University in Kenya last month. She is also believed to have engineered several other past Al-Shabaab mass murders in Kenya and Somalia.

The terror leader is also notorious for her manipulation of desperate families to fill her ranks. The 31-year-old mother of four has reportedly "purchased" women and children from impoverished families, many of whom end up brainwashed and sent to their deaths as suicide bombers.

The British born Lewthwaite was raised a Christian but converted to Islam at 17.  Her affiliation with radical Islam came shortly after when she married Germaine Lindsay in 2002. Three years later Lindsay killed 26 victims during a suicide bombing on a London train.

Lewthwaite's "White Widow" nickname is based on her marriage to Lindsay. At the time, Lewthwaite claimed to have no knowledge of Lindsay's intention and she was never charged with any crime related to the attack. Lewthwaite left England with her children in 2009 and reportedly disappeared into Somalia or Tanzania.

Lewthwaite is currently married to Al-Shabaab leader Hassan Maalim Ibrahim. She is believed to reside at least part-time in a heavily guarded Al-Shabaab controlled village in Somalia.

Somali and British officials are currently working on an intensive joint effort to bring the "World's Most Wanted Woman" to justice.

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