Better there than blowing up here.
Austrian teenage ‘postergirl’ jihadist who ran away to Syria to join Islamists just weeks ago is believed to have been killed already
- Two teenage girls vanished from homes in Austrian capital Vienna in April
- Pair began to post pictures of themselves online with guns and armed men
- Last week, two other girls of the same age caught attempting to flee country
- Police feared that the original pair had become extremist postergirls
- Now one of them is believed dead – but which one is not yet confirmed
One of two Austrian teenage ‘postergirls’ who flew to Syria in April to join Islamic State ranks is believed to have been killed.
Samra Kesinovic, 16, and her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15, vanished from their Vienna homes earlier this year.
Soon afterwards they posted images of themselves branding Kalashnikov rifles, surrounded by armed men – photos which Austrian police feared were acting as militant recruitment posters for young girls.
Left is Samra Kesinovic, 16, who is thought to have fled to Syria to join the Islamic State. On the right is 15-year-old Sabina Selimovic who went with her – it is believed one of the girls is now dead
Samra Kesinovic and Sabina Selimovic in a photo they posted online. Last week, police expressed their fears that the two were inspiring other girls to flee to Syria to take up holy war
It is not yet known which one of the teenagers has been killed as the death is yet to be officially confirmed by the Austrian government.
Alexander Marakovits, spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, told The Salzburger News: ‘We also have this information and have checked it, but cannot say with absolute certainty that it is true.
‘But the parents have been informed their daughter could be dead.’
Konrad Kogler, Director General for Public Security, also confirmed there were unverified rumours of the death on Sunday evening’s ORF program ‘In the Centre’, The Local reports.
The motivations of the two Bosnian girls are unclear but before leaving, they had contact with Chechen youths, and visited a mosque in Vienna’s second district.
And last week, police expressed concerns that the pair were inspiring their contemporaries after two other teenage girls were caught attempting to flee the country to join IS ranks