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Samantha Lewthwaite, christened “The White Widow” by the media, is the widow of one of the 7/7/2005 London suicide bombers and now one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. Born in County Down, Ireland, in 1983, she moved to Buckinghamshire, England, as a young girl and converted to Islam after her parents separated in 1990s. In 2002, she married Germaine Lindsay, whom she had met in London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. After Lindsay killed 26 people in a suicide attack in July 2005, she first denounced the attack publicly and then disappeared, resurfacing in Africa in 2008 using a stolen identity. She has been associated with several members of terrorist group al-Shabaab. In February 2012, Kenyan police issued an arrest warrant against her for association with a group suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Mombasa, as well as for passport fraud. Those charges were also filed in an Interpol red alert notice in September 2013, but Lewthwaite still remains at large.