Samantha Lewthwaite, the British terror suspect on the run from police in East Africa, is in Somalia recruiting and training all-women attack squads, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
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.