Originally published in Sowetan Live
Samantha Lewthwaite, nicknamed the ‘White Widow’, one of Britain’s most wanted people has reportedly been shot and killed in Ukraine.
The Regnum News Agency in Russia claimed that the 30-year-old British Jihadi was gunned down two weeks ago in Ukraine by a Russian sniper, however this claim remains unverified.
The Russian sharp shooter said to have killed the British terrorist now has a one million dollar bounty on his head from special services in the war-torn country.
Lewthwaite for years travelled on a South African passport which was not forged but issued to her in the name of Natalie Faye Webb by the department of home affairs.
It was not clear yet whether there had been any link between Lewthwaite and Webb or whether the latter was merely a victim of identity theft.
Interpol issued a wanted persons alert on Lewthwaite in late September 2013 after the attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall by suspected al-Shabaab militants killed 72 people. She was also linked to the murders of two Kenyan pastors in Mombasa in 2013.
Lewthwaite, also believed to use the Webb alias, is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, one of the bombers who carried out attacks on public transport in London in July 2005.
She entered South Africa on a South African passport in 2008, and used it until 2011.
According to Fox News, The New York Post reports that she had allegedly been helping the Islamic State terror group, with reports saying she was training women to become suicide bombers in Syria.
Regnum claimed that at the time of her reported killing she was with Ukrainian forces attempting to keep Russian forces from advancing west.