Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ISIS poster girl ‘beaten to death’ for trying to escape terrorists after pal was killed

Samra Kesinovic was just 16 when she left Austria with Sabina Selimovic, then 15

A TEENAGE girl who fled to join Islamic State in Syria along with her friend has reportedly been beaten to death during an attempted escape from the terror group’s self-styled capital, Raqqa.

Samra Kesinovic was just 16 when she left Austria with Sabina Selimovic, then 15.

The pair, of Bosnian-origin, became ‘poster girls’ for the jihadis after they arrived in the war zone last April.

But sources in Austria are claiming that Samra, now aged 17, was murdered by ISIS militants during a failed attempt to flee the city after she had become disgusted by the brutal regime.

A Tunisian woman who also travelled to Syria to join ISIS last year but later escaped and returned home was quoted by local newspapers as the source of the claims.

The unnamed women said she lived with Samra and Sabina in Raqqa.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Thomas Schnöll told the Austria Press Agency: “We cannot comment on individual cases.”

The girls after arriving in Syria
The girls after arriving in Syria

Her friend Sabina was reported have died in December last year after a high-ranking United Nations anti-terror expert claimed one of the girls had been killed while the other was missing.

David Scharia, from the UN Security Council, said at the time: “We received information just recently about two 15-year-old girls, of Bosnian origin, who left Austria, where they had been living in recent years; and everyone, the families and the intelligence services of the two countries, is looking for them.

“Both were recruited by Islamic State.

“One was killed in the fighting in Syria, the other has disappeared.”

The pair, of Bosnian-origin, became 'poster girls' for the jihadis

The pair, of Bosnian-origin, became ‘poster girls’ for the jihadis.

In September 2014, Austrian police also reported that one of the two jihadi girls was dead and the parents had been informed.

However, the following month the teens reportedly contacted their families and said they wanted to return home after seeing the brutal regime first hand.

At the time both of the girls were said to be pregnant after marrying Chechen fighters soon after their arrival in Syria.

Police believe the teens travelled to the Turkish border in April 2014 and then went by car to Raqqa.
The pair were recruited after allegedly becoming radicalised through a cell led by unemployed Ebu Tejma, 33, in Vienna.

Tejma is alleged to have been involved in the radicalisation of a further 166 youngsters in Austria.
Photos of both girls have appeared on social media with them holding Kalashnikov rifles and surrounded by armed men, in an apparent attempt to recruit other young girls to join ISIS.

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