Counter-terror officials are investigating reports that a British terrorist known as the ‘White Widow’ has been killed by a Russian sniper in Ukraine.
Samantha Lewthwaite, 30, from Buckinghamshire is the widow of 7/7 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, and was thought to be living in East Africa.
“We are aware of reports that Samantha Lewthwaite has been killed in Ukraine,” a spokesperson for the Foreign Office told ITV News.
However, several security sources have played down the extraordinary claims.
Lewthwaite became Britain’s most wanted woman when Interpol issued a so-called ‘Red Notice’ arrest warrant following a massacre at a shopping centre in Nairobi last year.
The attacks were carried out by gunmen from al-Shabaab, the Somali terror group of which Lewthwaite was thought to be a member.