Friday 25 May 2018

Woman resembling 'White Widow' Samantha Lewthwaite 'seen checking into hotel' owned by Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne

'White Widow' Samantha Lewthwaite
'White Widow' Samantha Lewthwaite
'White Widow' Samantha Lewthwaite

Ryan Wilkinson

Durham Police are said to be probing the sighting of a guest resembling the infamous terror queen, who was once married to July 7 bomber Germaine 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.

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