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WED DEVIL; WHITE WIDOW MARRIES ON RUN; Third husband is feared al-Shabaab terror warlord; Most wanted mum now guarded by new relatives.

Byline: EXCLUSIVE by RUSSELL MYERS and STEWART WHITTINGHAM

HUNTED White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite has got married to a ruthless terror chief while on the run in lawless Somalia.

Intelligence sources claim the fugitive who was born in Banbridge, Co Down, tied the knot with suspected warlord Hassan Maalim Ibrahim, also known as Sheikh Hassan. He is a senior commander in radical terror group al-Shabaab - allies of al-Qaeda.

The marriage, Lewthwaite's third, means she will be offered better protection by her new husband's heavily-armed relatives as security agencies step up the hunt for her.

She has already ditched her inner circle of bodyguards, dubbed the Suicide Brigade, who were looking after her night and day.

Sources have reported seeing bombing suspect Lewthwaite and Hassan in the remote village of Nasable, 25 miles from the south central Somali city of Baidoa where the mum-of-four was spotted last November.

A senior security insider said: "Her in-laws will treat her very well as she is now one of them and part of one of the large clans.

SPIES

"Samantha is in a heavily guarded village in a no-go area for outsiders.

"But we're sure she'll move around which is why she needs to get in with the family. At the moment she hardly leaves her grass thatch house.

"She wears black socks and gloves and hijab to cover her white skin so spies won't see her. Samantha has given herself great protection with this marriage."

Lewthwaite, widow of twisted 7/7 London suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, was also believed to be married to former Kenyan naval officer turned terrorist Abdi Wahid.

Sources have revealed he left her to fight for al-Shabaab after being selected to lead a suicide unit targeting Kenyan soldiers fighting in Somalia. It is not known if he is dead or alive.

Detectives believe Wahid could be behind a double bomb attack in a Nairobi market this month which left 10 people dead and scores wounded.

Lewthwaite has been on the run for nearly three years after being linked to a failed 2011 plot to blow up hotels and a mall in Mombasa, Kenya.

She became the world's most wanted female terrorist when she was linked to last September's Nairobi mall massacre that killed 67 shoppers. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the atrocity.

The group has also been blamed for a string of grenade blasts and murders in Kenya. The Muslim convert has two children by Jamaican-born Islamist Lindsay, who slaughtered 26 innocent people on a London Tube train in the 2005 7/7 attacks. He had already passed on his sickening ideology to his wife. Despite branding the bombings, which killed 52 and injured 700 more, as "abhorrent", soldier's daughter Lewthwaite fled the UK, surfacing in Africa in 2009. After the Nairobi bombing she is said to have slipped back into Somalia, making some of the journey on a camel.

Last October, the Mirror published exclusive photos showing her cradling newborn baby Surajah, her daughter with Wahid.

Eldest son Abdullah, nine, and eight-year-old girl Ruqayyah - from her relationship with Lindsay - stood by her as she lay in South African hospital bed in June 2010. Behind Lewthwaite, Wahid hugged the couple's son Abdur-Rahman. A source said: "Samantha Lewthwaite lives a double life of a doting mother and international terrorist side by side."

Lewthwaite's appearance may have changed with plastic surgery. It is thought she has dyed her hair and lost more than two stone. Sources believe she has become increasingly desperate, fearing a raid by Special Forces. Four months ago she fled an al-Qaeda training camp after it was bombed.

She is also living in fear as up to 10,000 troops from the UN peacekeeping force and local army soldiers have launched a major offensive against al-Shabaab.

Lewthwaite is considered a valued propaganda figure by the terror group.

And she is said to be hell-bent on avenging her former teacher Ahmed's death. It is believed she is determined to hit Western targets. But a few weeks ago her terrorist disciples killed 21 people with a suicide attack in Baidoa.

On Saturday suicide gunmen bombers stormed the Somali parliament in Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people.

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KILLER Adebolajo was recruited by Lewthwaite's mentor Ahmed

With 7/7 bomber Lindsay and one of the couple's 2 children

veil of secrecy Fugitive mum Lewthwaite pictured in 2008

RUNAWAY Lewthwaite in picture issued by Interpol
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Date:May 27, 2014
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