“I’m ready to become a suicide bomber”: Chilling words of 7/7 bomber’s widow on world’s most wanted list
The British widow of a 7/7 bomber who is on the world’s most wanted list has revealed her plans to end her life in a suicide attack.
Samantha Lewthwaite – dubbed the white widow – denounced the actions of her husband Jermaine Lindsay, who killed 26 people when he blew up a Piccadilly Line Tube train near King’s Cross on 7/7, 2005.
But the Muslim convert, 28, then disappeared and is wanted in connection with a grenade attack on a bar in Kenya packed with tourists that killed three people.
And the fugitive, originally from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, has now revealed her horrific intentions in an online poem stating: ‘I’d rather be receiving my martyrdom, think I’ll get ready… and buy a vest’.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Lewthwaite posted the poem called Maybe Jannah [an Islamic paradise] Tomorrow on a Twitter account.
She pays tribute to the former leader of Al-Shabaab – a group linked to Al-Queda – Aboud Rogo Mohammed who was killed last week in a drive-by shooting in Kenya.
Lewthwaite then implies her intention to join him in Jannah – writing: ‘So maybe tomorrow it will be Jannah, I look around at how beautiful Jihad is, It’s alive in Kenya, It’s alive in me, And I’m breathing Jihad, It’s my time.’
This latest discovery comes as police step up their search for Lewthwaite following new information that she is hiding out in Central Kenya.
A source told the Sunday Mirror: ‘The reports are being treated very seriously. They indicate Lewthwaite is part of an active cell, and there is a risk they are now preparing to mount new attacks.’
Lewthwaite converted to Islam in her teens, when her parents were getting a divorce, and has worn the full hijab black robes ever since.
Nothing had been known of her whereabouts since her disappearance until earlier this year when it emerged that she had gone on the run after police foiled a plot to blow up Western tourist targets in Kenya.
She remains the prime suspect for a grenade attack on a Kenyan bar packed with tourists watching the Euro 2012 match between England and Italy. A boy was among the three dead.
Before the Terror: Samantha Lewthwaite pictured during her days as a schoolgirl in Buckinghamshire
Samantha Lewthwaite, left, was married to suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay, right, who blew up a Tube train at King’s Cross in 2005
Death squad: Shehzad Tanweeer, Jermaine Lindsay and Mohammad Sidique Khan with their rucksacks at Luton railway station on a dry run of a terror attack
Lewthwaite is now believed to be in hiding with her second husband, British terror suspect Habib Saleh Ghani, who calls himself ‘Osama’ and is described by police as ‘extremely dangerous’.
Police have previously uncovered handwritten notes claiming she is raising her children to be Mujahideen terrorists.
Describing how her second husband asked her eldest son and daughter what they wanted to be when they grew the children, then aged eight and five, both said they wished to be holy warriors.
She writes: ‘He gave a talk to my eight-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. He asked them what do you want to be when you are older? Both had many answers but both agreed to wanting to be a Mujahid.
A stash of deadly ammunition which was recovered from a villa in Mombasa, rented by Samantha Lewthwaite
Weapons: Chemicals for bomb making, pictured, which were found in the house of Samantha Lewthwaite
‘These are answers that only those who have been living the path of Jihad would know.’Their answers inspired their mother to begin a book, a guide to Jihad, entitled I Want To Be A Mujahid.
She adds: ‘It was my husband’s talk to the kids and then reading A Woman’s Role In Jihad [a treatise believed by Muslims to have been written by Fatimah, Muhammad’s daughter, exhorting women to be faithful, considerate wives and to abhor cosmetics and indecent clothing] that made it clear it was time to put pen to paper and share with others what I was blessed with.’
In another handwritten note, she describes how she prayed for a man who would ‘go forth and give all he could for Allah and live a life of terrorising the disbelievers as they have us.
‘This is what I wanted and Allah gave me this and better’.
Copies of the notes, which Kenyan police believe were written by Lewthwaite and form the synopsis of her book, were found at the last house she rented in the Kenyan city of Mombasa.
In the papers, Lewthwaite writes: ‘It is not enough to say that I want to be a Mujahid yet live your life as a Mujrim [non-Muslim].
‘Only once we know how a Mujahid lives his life, spends his day and night, can we strive to be a Mujahid.
‘I have for many years now wanted to write something that would benefit my brothers and sisters.
‘A message of hope, encouragement and light in an era when many are still in darkness.’
Warrant: Interpol has issued a worldwide arrest warrant for the fugitive Samantha Lewthwaite
Turn for the worst: Samantha Lewthwaite, pictured top as a teenager, is believed to be an associate of Jermaine Grant, pictured beneath, at Nairobi Magistrates Court
Dedicated to Terror: Suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, pictured with a man who is thought to be fellow Briton Habib Ghani
Lewthwaite first emerged as a terrorist suspect earlier this year when she was named by Kenyan police as part of an Al-Shabaab cell planning attacks in Mombasa.
Chemicals, batteries, electric wiring and detonators had been stockpiled in several houses in the rundown Bakarani suburb.
Lewthwaite’s alleged associate, London-born Jermaine Grant, was arrested with three Kenyans, but she and fellow Briton Habib Ghani fled before police arrived with arrest warrants.
Grant, whose trial started last month, is charged with possessing explosive material and conspiring to carry out bomb attacks.
Evidence: Documents found inside a house in Nyali, Mombasa, Kenya which had been rented by Lewthwaite
Convert: Samantha Lewthwaite’s dedication to Allah cannot be doubted from these documents
Mugshot: Samantha Lewthwaite, pictured, is the widow of one of the July 7 bombers, Jermaine Lindsay