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Two Teenage Austrian Girls Who Fled To Syria Post Pictures of Themselves in Muslim Garb with Rifles

| by Lina Batarags

Earlier this year, two teenage girls fled their homes in Vienna, Austria and headed to Syria.

Soon thereafter, they posted images of themselves dressed in traditional Muslim clothing and holding Kalashnikov rifles. In several of the photos, they are surrounded by armed men.

Now, police fear that 16-year-old Samra Kesinovic’s and 15-year-old Sabina Selimovic’s actions may be inspiring other teenagers to join ISIS.

Several weeks ago, Austrian media warned that Kesinovic and Selimovic had become the public face for the call to jihad.

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In fact, as confirmed by the Austrian Interior Ministry, two other teenage girls have been caught attempting to flee the country to join up with ISIS. Although little information was released on the second set of girls, one was reported to be 16 years old, the other 14 years old; their parents were apparently from Iraq.

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The pair was caught when the mother of a third friend, who was supposed to be travelling with them, became suspicious of the amount of luggage her daughter was packing.

The girls had reportedly planned to reach Syria via Turkey, following the same route as the first two girls had taken. Police are now trying to determine how the girls became radicalized, and whether anybody had helped them plan their trip.

Despite Interpol’s search for Kesinovic and Selimovic, the pair has remained missing.

As many as 130 people from Austria are now believed to be fighting abroad as jihadists.

Austrian Interior Ministry spokesman Alexander Marakovits said that the country has seen an increasing problem of youngsters trying to leave the country to head to Syria in support of ISIS.

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“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 this way in the first place,” Marakovits said.

The larger problem, however, is if the youngsters manage to leave the country.

“Once they have left the country, even if they then changed their minds, it is then almost impossible to get them back,” Marakovits said.

Sources: MailOnline, NY Post

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