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'White Widow' terror suspect spotted at Dragon's hotel.

Byline: KEIRAN SOUTHERN

ONE of the world's most wanted terrorists has reportedly been sighted at a hotel owned by Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne.

A witness told police a woman resembling Samantha Lewthwaite, who once lived in Banbridge, Co Down, signed into Bannatyne's Hotel in Darlington on Boxing Day.

Security chiefs said the 32-year-old mother-of- four's atrocities include last year's slaughter of 148 by gunmen at a university in Kenya.

A Durham Police spokeswoman said: "Police received a report a woman said to resemble Samantha Lewthwaite - aka The White Widow - had checked into Bannatyne's Hotel, Darlington, on Boxing Day.

"Inquiries are currently taking place in relation to the report."

A security chief in the Somalian capital Mogadishu, frequently bombed by al Shabaab, said: "This lady sits at the right hand of the leader directing attacks."

Lewthwaite has been rapidly promoted through the ranks of al Shabaab after many of its leaders died in drone attacks.

The London University graduate was quickly recognised as intelligent and evil-minded enough by jihadi terror bosses to be trusted with the most horrific atrocities. A senior Somali antiterror officer said Lewthwaite is now at the right hand of al Shabaab leader Ahmad Umar and is suspected of ordering the deaths of more than 400 innocent people.

The insider said: "She is an evil person but a very clever operator."

Lewthwaite is believed to have directed terror raids, suicide attacks and car bombings in Somalia and Kenya and other countries.

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Date:Jan 6, 2016
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