Who is Samantha Lewthwaite? The terror suspect featured in Netflix’s World’s Most Wanted


Netflix’s newest true-crime docuseries – World’s Most Wanted – landed immediately, with 5 episodes among the most searched-for fugitives on the planet.

Episode three of the sequence centres round Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed because the White Widow by the press, who is probably the most needed terrorism suspects in the world resulting from her involvement in varied assaults throughout Africa and the Center East.

The 36-year-old was married to 7/7 London bomber Germaine Lindsay and because the 2006 assault, has been topic to an Interpol arrest warrant resulting from her hyperlinks to Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda terrorist cells.

Right here’s every thing it’s essential to know concerning the infamous terror suspect who is checked out on the Netflix documentary.

Who is Samantha Lewthwaite?

Samantha Lewthwaite, who is at the moment a fugitive from justice in Kenya, was born 1983 in Northern Eire and grew up in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

She studied politics and faith at College of Oriental and African Research, College of London earlier than dropping out.

Lewthwaite was raised as a Christian, however transformed to Islam aged 17 after her mother and father separated in 1994 and adopted the Muslim identify Sherafiyah.

She married Germaine Lindsay in October 2002 and is believed to have married twice since – to Habib Saleh Ghani in 2013 (in keeping with the Every day Telegraph) and Hassan Maalim Ibrahimm, a senior commander in the Al-Shabaab militant group, in 2014 (by way of Worldwide Enterprise Instances).

She is believed to have 4 youngsters, who’re at the moment on the run together with her.

What is Samantha Lewthwaite needed for?

7/7 Bombings

Samantha Lewthwaite’s husband was answerable for the 7/7 bomb assaults, which occurred on seventh July 2005.

Lindsay detonated a bomb connected to himself as he travelled between the King’s Cross and Russell Sq. tube stations. He killed 26 civilians in the assault.

Lewthwaite, who was pregnant with the couple’s second youngster, denied Lindsay’s involvement till the police produced forensic proof and denied prior data of the assaults. Nonetheless, in an inquest into the bombing, it was discovered that she related to Mohammad Sidique Khan, the London bombers’ ringleader previous to the assault.

Germaine Lindsay and Samantha Lewthwaite in World's Most Wanted

Germaine Lindsay and Samantha Lewthwaite in World’s Most Wanted

Hyperlinks to terror cell in Kenya

After the 7/7 bombings, Lewthwaite reportedly married Habib Saleh Ghani and disappeared together with her youngsters, believed to have been in hiding in Tanzania or Somalia.

In 2012, Lewthwaite was needed for questioning in Kenya over a suspected terror plot, which was organised by a terror unit affiliated to Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Lewthwaite was discovered to be utilizing a minimum of three completely different identities, together with her true identification, utilizing a fraudulently obtained South African passport for considered one of them.

Kenyan police believed she had entered Kenya in November 2011 utilizing a fraudulent passport beneath the identify Natalie Webb after which joined different members of the terrorist cell in Mombasa. Lewthwaite was positioned beneath surveillance by Kenyan police after transferring into an residence Mombasa belonging to the previous spouse of terrorist financier Musa Hussein Abdi.

After investigating Lewthwaite additional, they discovered that beneath the identification of Natalie Webb, she had labored as an IT specialist in Johannesburg while dwelling in rented properties in the realm and ran up quite a lot of unpaid money owed from financial institution loans bank card and clothes retailer cost accounts in South Africa of over R59,000 (£2560).

Scotland Yard, the CIA and Kenyan authorities had been conducting a global hunt to seek out Lewthwaite, who in 2011, was reportedly carefully linked to the previous spouse of Al-Qaeda chief Mohammed Saddiq Odeh and confirmed to be the chief of a terror cell by Jermaine Grant – a Briton arrested on terrorism expenses.

In January 2012, Kenyan authorities issued an arrest warrant for Lewthwaite over expenses of possessing bomb-making materials and conspiring to create an explosive gadget.

Assaults in Mombasa and Nairobi

In July 2012, Lewthwaite was suspected of being concerned in a grenade assault, which occurred on the Jericho bar in Mombasa throughout a Euro 2012 soccer match between England and Italy.

A yr later, in September 2013, she was linked to an assault on the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi, which killed 71 folks and injured 200, nonetheless the assault was claimed by Al-Shabaab which claimed no ladies performed a task in the assault.

In October 2013, studies emerged regarding a laptop computer and flash drive utilized by Lewthwaite, which a Sky Information investigation steered she had used to look bomb-making ideas whereas information containing poems, which Lewthwaite had allegedly written paying tribute to al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, had been additionally discovered.

The place is she now?

Samantha Lewthwaite's Interpol arrest warrant

Samantha Lewthwaite’s Interpol arrest warrant
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Lewthwaite has nonetheless not been discovered, having managed to evade seize for years.

The Solar not too long ago reported that she was rumoured to have been killed by a Russian sniper in 2014, however these claims have by no means been confirmed.

She is at the moment topic to an Interpol Pink Discover, requesting her arrest with a view to extradition.

World’s Most Wanted is at the moment obtainable to stream on Netflix. Check out our lists of the greatest TV exhibits on Netflix and the greatest motion pictures on Netflix, or see what else is on with our TV Information.


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