7/7 bomber’s widow Samantha Lewthwaite 'recruiting all-women terror squads'
SAMANTHA Lewthwaite, the British terror suspect on the run from police in East Africa, is in Somalia recruiting and training all-women attack squads, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Lewthwaite, the widow of Jermaine Lindsay, one of the 7/7 bombers, fled Kenya's main coast city, Mombasa, last December after police stumbled upon a plot to attack tourist hotels with chemical bombs.
Despite an international hunt by British and Kenyan police and Interpol, the 28-year-old has not been seen since.
But according to a blog entry on a website used by the Muslim Youth Centre, a radical Kenyan pro-jihadi movement, she is in Somalia and has been connected to terror attacks in East Africa.
The entry, which is anonymous but appears to be written by a female sympathiser in Tanzania, says that Lewthwaite is known in terror circles as "Dada Mzungu", which means "white sister" in Swahili.
"More than five times our 'Dada Mzungu' has defeated the kuffar [non-Muslims] in Kenya and Tanzania," she writes.
"She gave her life to Allah and she now serves Allah as His female soldier. In +252 [Somalia] she commands her 'all-female mujahid terror squad' and conducts her operations against the kuffar.
"Now every Muslim sister wants to be like our 'Dada Mzungu'. Inshall'allah, I will join you."
The blog entry goes on to say that "the kuffar calls her 'black widow' but we call her Dada Mzungu tormentor of the kuffar." "She is one of the many female Anmiyat ordained by Allah to torment the kuffar in East Africa," it says.
"She came to Kenya to torment the kuffar and left the kuffar in a state of "confused" [sic] as we say. The kuffar hunt her but still can't find her for Allah protect His warriors."
Kenyan police sources in Mombasa confirmed that according to their intelligence, Lewthwaite was in southern Somalia, where she is being protected by al-Shabaab, the country's militant Islamist army.
"We cannot say that she is connected to any terrorist attacks in Kenya, but it is consistent with our information that she is with Shabaab in Somalia," one senior anti-terror officer in Mombasa said.
"Even if she is there training people for jihad, she will find that we are waiting for her here and she will not succeed."
The fresh revelations came as details of a diary that Lewthwaite kept before she fled Kenya yesterday showed that she wanted her children to become "mujahid" or holy warriors.
The Daily Telegraph first revealed the existence of Lewthwaite's diary in March.
In it, she kept notes that appeared to be plans for a book about being the wife of an Islamic holy warrior and how to stay true to plans for jihad and not tell even your closest family.
She said that she decided to continue with the book after seeing her husband, Habib Saleh Ghani, also wanted by Kenyan police, talking to her children.
"He gave a talk to my eight-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. He asked them what do you want to be when you are older? Both had many answers but both agreed to wanting to be a Mujahid," she wrote, according to The Mail on Sunday.
"He asked them how did they plan to achieve such a goal and what really is a Mujahid? What makes someone a Mujahid? These are answers that only those who have been living the path of Jihad would know."