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UK officials investigate reports of 'White Widow' British terrorist killed in Ukraine

Samantha Lewthwaite has undergone a number of image changes and travelled under different identities.

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.

Samantha Lewthwaite has travelled under a number different fake identities. Credit: PA

“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.

Samantha Lewthwaite was once wanted only at national level for the alleged possession of a fraudulent passport. Credit: Police handout

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.

The 'White Widow' pictured wearing a veil.