One of two beautiful Austrian teenage girls who flew to Syria in April to join the Islamic State is now believed to have been killed.
Samra Kesinovic, 16, and her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15, vanished from their Vienna homes earlier this year to fight alongside ISIS; it is unclear at this time which of the two girls has been killed.
Alexander Marakovits, spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, said, “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.”
Several weeks ago, Austrian media warned that the girls had become the public face for the call to jihad. Police were concerned the teens were inspiring others like them to follow the same path after two other teenage girls were caught attempting to flee Austria to join ISIS, the Daily Mail reported.
That fear was recently substantiated by the Austrian Interior Ministry confirming two other girls from Vienna had attempted to flee to take up the call for holy war. Austrian police are investigating how the second set of teen girls became radicalized and if they had additional help planning their trip to Syria, which was an identical route the first set of teens took
The pair of teens were caught when the mother of a third friend ,who was supposed to be travelling with them, became suspicious about the amount of luggage her daughter was packing.
Austrian Interior Ministry spokesman Alexander Marakovits said they noticed an increasing problem with the younger generation wanting to leave the country and have enacted a loose plan to prevent it. “If we can catch them before they leave, we have the chance to work with their parents and other institutions to bring the youngsters out of the sphere of influence that prompted them to act in this way the first place,” he said.
The spokesman ended with a sincere sentiment about the fleeing teens, “‘Once they have left the country, even if they then changed their minds, it is then almost impossible to get them back.”