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'Russian sniper killed White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite as she fought for Ukrainian volunteer battalion Aidar'

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Samantha Lewthwaite is currently wanted in connection with a Kenyan bomb plot

Samantha Lewthwaite is currently wanted in connection with a Kenyan bomb plot

Wanted: Samantha Lewthwaite

Wanted: Samantha Lewthwaite

Samantha Lewthwaite is currently wanted in connection with a Kenyan bomb plot

A Northern Ireland-born Islamic terrorist described as the world's most wanted woman has been shot dead, according to unconfirmed reports.

Banbridge-born Samantha Lewthwaite was allegedly gunned down by a Russian sniper in Ukraine two weeks ago.

Dubbed the 'White Widow', the 30-year-old was reported last month to be fighting for Islamic State terrorists in Syria.

The extraordinary claim, made by the Moscow-based Regnum news agency, could not be verified last night. Its report said: "One of the world's most wanted terrorists, Samantha Lewthwaite, who fought as part of a Ukrainian battalion has been killed by a volunteer sniper.

"According to our information, the White Widow fought on the side of Ukrainian volunteer battalion Aidar as a sniper.

"She was killed by a volunteer sniper who came to fight at the Lugansk front from Russia."

The report continued: "The Russian sniper who killed the British terrorist now has a price of nearly one million dollars on his head from Ukrainian special services."

Born in Northern Ireland and schooled in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, Lewthwaite was not previously linked to Ukraine.

She was allegedly responsible for training a special team of female suicide bombers in Syria.

Lewthwaite was married to 7/7 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay and allegedly left Britain in 2009 before being linked to atrocities in Africa. She is suspected of being the mastermind behind the Kenyan Westgate Mall massacre in September 2013, which left 68 people dead.

Lewthwaite is wanted on charges dating back to 2011 which include being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony. She has been on the run since. Her trail had gone cold in recent months amid reports she had undergone plastic surgery to evade capture.

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