Do you remember the teenage girl from Austria who ran away to join ISIS? Well, by now you've probably heard that she met a grim fate. That is old news. However, recently, authorities released information regarding what precisely happened to her - and the details are brutal.
Samra Kesinovic, 17, and her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15, fled their homes and traveled to Syria in April 2014.
The girls appeared on ISIS websites holding AK-47s and encircled by groups of armed men.
In October, Kesinovic reportedly wanted to flee, having been disgusted by the terrorist group's murders.
A Tunisian woman and former ISIS member who lived with the two Austrian teens in Raqqa, Syria, the ISIS unofficial capital, recalled that the girls were used as a “sexual present for new fighters.”
She said Kesinovic tried to flee their base in Raqqa numerous times, and after the last attempt, Kesinovic had been beaten to death with a hammer, reports the Express.
A United Nations representative said a girl “of Bosnian origin from Austria” -- thought to be Selimovic -- died while fighting in Syria.
The teen girls were children of Bosnian refugees who escaped to Austria in the 1990s from war in their homeland.
Many of the Muslims in Austria have Turkish or Bosnian roots and account for roughly 6 percent -- about half a million -- of the population.
The girls left a note for their families which said, “Don't look for us. We will serve Allah and we will die for him.”
In April 2014, the girls journeyed, by way of Turkey, to Syria where they were both believed to have married jihadists, according to Daily Mail.
Mirsad O., an Islamic pastor from Bosnia living in Vienna, known by his Islamic name “Ebu Tejma,” was reportedly responsible for recruiting the two girls. He has rejected the allegations.
In November, he was apprehended for his part in a suspected terrorist funding network based in Austria.
Just after arriving in Syria, Selimovic, in a series of tweets with French magazine Paris Match said, “Here I can really be free. I can practice my religion. I couldn't do that in Vienna,” and that her husband was a soldier, reports the Express. Daily Mail reports the exchange as a text message interview.
Up to 130 Austrians are thought to have joined ISIS as jihadists. Experts say more than half them were refugees from the Caucasus region of Russia and were given refugee status in Austria after the bloody Chechen war.
Austrian Interior Ministry spokesman Alexander Marakovits said:
“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. Once they have left the country, even if they then changed their minds, it is then almost impossible to get them back.”