One of Earth’s most wanted international criminals is likely to be alive and fighting on the Arab Peninsula, an investigation found.
Briton Samantha Lewthwaite is widely expected to be combating with jihadists in Yemen. This is the conclusion investigators reached after spending 10 years trying to track down the extremist.
“Lewthwaite’s last-known location is Yemen but trying to get intelligence there is as tough as in Syria when the [Islamic State] regime was at its height,” The Sun reported. “There is virtually no Western presence in Yemen because it is so dangerous and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, it is assumed she is alive and being supported by extremists.”
Lewthwaite was last spotted in the same Middle Eastern country back in 2018. The 37 year-old, who married one of London’s 2005 suicide bombers, had traveled 200 miles from Africa to the Middle East.
She previously lived in Tanzania, Kenya and Somalia, where she joined the al-Shabaab terrorist organization back in 2011. She originally left the United Kingdom for South Africa during 2009.
Lewthwaite has been on Interpol’s “Fugitive Red List” since the 2013 terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. A total of 71 people were killed and 200 injured.
She is also accused of exposing 15 year-olds to heroin, and encouraging them to perform suicide attacks with deadly consequences.
The publication claims Trevor Forrest, also known as Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, lured the woman with extremist teachings back when she was a teenager. Forrest later introduced her to her husband-to-be, and London bomber, Germaine Lindsay.
There is no evidence to prove Lewthwaite is dead. She seems to be in the midst of a civil war between Yemeni government forces, Islamic State, and al-Qaeda.
She previously surgically altered her physical appearance and gained weight to make it harder for authorities to trace.