Who Is The White Widow Terrorist, Her family have struggled to deal with the mum-of-three’s disappearance after husband killed 26 people in the 7/7 London bombings
As a soldier who served in Northern Ireland during the 1970s at the height of the Troubles, Andy Lewthwaite understands the dreadful toll of terror attacks.
But today he is carrying the burden of being the father of the world’s most reviled international terrorist.
His daughter Samantha – dubbed the White Widow – is believed to have played a key role in planning the Westgate mall massacre in Nairobi.
And she could even have died in a firefight with Kenyan soldiers.
Last night experts were still trying to determine if a white woman’s body found among militants was the 29-year-old.
For years her family, of Aylesbury, Bucks, have struggled to deal with the mum-of-three’s disappearance after husband Germaine Lindsay killed 26 people in the 7/7 London bombings.
Now builder Andy, 57, who has two other children with Lewthwaite’s mum Christine Allen, has to come to terms with how his happy little girl became apparently capable of slaughtering children.
One neighbour said: “Andy is aware of how appalling indiscriminate shootings are.
“For him to imagine his own daughter is involved in this is very painful.
“He has been very dignified. He served his country; his daughter is apparently tarnishing both his reputation and his country’s reputation.”