Ji­hadi pair ‘cre­at­ing women’s ter­ror army to tar­get UK’

Daily Star Sunday - - NEWS - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by PA­TRICK WIL­LIAMS

TER­ROR fa­nat­ics Sally Jones and Sa­man­tha Lewth­waite are cre­at­ing an “army” of white Mus­lim women to at­tack Bri­tain.

MI5 fears the ji­hadi pair are re­cruit­ing fe­male con­verts to carry out atroc­i­ties.

Spy chiefs say “White Widow” Lewth­waite and Jones rep­re­sent one of the most dan­ger­ous ter­ror threats to the UK.

It is un­der­stood that cy­ber ex­perts at GCHQ have in­ter­cepted dozens of en­crypted mes­sages and phone calls.

They in­di­cate Bri­tish fe­male Mus­lims are be­ing tar­geted by Is­lamic State. Lewth­waite and Jones are known to have strong links with the ter­ror group and are be­lieved to have mas­ter­minded plots in the UK and across Europe and Africa.

Last night one source said: “Jones and Lewth­waite are at the top of the UK and US’s most-wanted list. They are two very dan­ger­ous, ma­nip­u­la­tive ter­ror­ists.

“The Is­lamic State in Syria and Iraq may be close to col­lapse but the war will go on and these two women are re­cruit­ing other fe­males to their death cult.” They added: “Both women have hal­lowed sta­tus in Isis.

“They have huge in­flu­ence and wield quite a lot of power within the male-dom­i­nated group.

“In­tel­li­gence sug­gests that they are now at­tempt­ing to re­cruit in the UK and other Euro­pean coun­tries and they are tar­get­ing white con­verts.”

The MI5 fears come as Isis called on women to take up arms. In a new edi­tion of its Ara­bic news­pa­per, the group told fe­male sup­port­ers it was an “obli­ga­tion” for them to wage ji­had. It said: “To­day, in the con­text of the war against the Is­lamic State, it has be­come nec­es­sary for fe­male Mus­lims to ful­fil their du­ties on all fronts in sup­port­ing the mu­ja­hedeen in this bat­tle.”

Isis is desperate to re­cruit more white con­verts. It thinks they are less likely to be iden­ti­fied as ji­hadis and will have more chance of car­ry­ing out ter­ror­ist out­rages.

Jones, 50, from Kent, was mar­ried to 7/7 Tube bomber Ger­maine Lind­say. She is on the Pen­tagon’s “kill list” be­cause she is be­lieved to have mas­ter­minded dozens of plots.

She fled Bri­tain to join Isis in 2013 along­side lover Ju­naid Hus­sain, tak­ing her then-nine-year-old son JoJo with her. Hus­sain was killed by a US drone strike in 2015 aged 21.

Lewth­waite, from Ayles­bury, Bucks, is wanted over atroc­i­ties car­ried out by African-based Is­lamic ter­ror group al-Shabaab.

■ GUN­NING FOR BRI­TAIN: Sally Jones and, in­set, Sa­man­tha Lewth­waite

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