Police quiz two teenage girls who tried to flee Austria for Syria to become terror brides
Nirapad News : The pair, one aged 16 and one 17, disappeared from their homes after making plans to marry extremists in the war-torn Middle Eastern country,
Police are quizzing two teenage girls who tried to flee Austria for Syria to become terror brides.
The girls disappeared from their homes in the provinces of Salzburg and Upper Austria after making plans to marry Islamic State (ISIS) fighters.
Cops believe the younger of the girls, aged 16 and from a Chechen family, had persuaded her 17-year-old friend to run off with her.
The pair had managed to reach Romania where they were held by police after being stopped in routine checks.
They were then sent back to their home country.
Prosecutors said the pair had decided to offer themselves as ‘wives’ for ISIS fighters after tracing the girls’ conversations online.
The parents of the 16-year-old raised the alarm and gave her phone to Interior Ministry investigators when she went missing.
The device revealed chat logs on a Russian app which proved the girls planned to journey to Syria to marry ISIS fighters.
It also showed the 16-year-old had been in contact with jihadists for some time.
Both girls admitted they were already promised in marriage to ISIS militants.
They are the latest in a series of young women who aspired to join the Islamic terrorists, especially the ISIS movement.
Austria’s Interior Minister, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, set up a hotline to help deal with Islamic radicalisation in November following the high-profile defection to Syria of two Austrian girls – Samra Kesinovic, 17, and Sabina Selimovic, 16 – described as “poster girls” for the jihad movement after they left their homes and married Isis fighters.
At least one of the girls is believed to have died in fighting in Syria, according to a UN source.
Authorities estimate more than 170 people had travelled to the Middle East from Austria to join Islamist militant groups.
Austrian authorities detained a 14-year-old boy on terrorism-related charges as he planned to travel to Syria after researching the internet how to build bombs.
The latest defections will be disappointing to Austria which in November staged a series of raids which included the arrest of the alleged Islamic hate preacher in Vienna who masterminded the recruitment of the two Austrian jihad “poster girls”.
Samra and Sabina became radicalised through the cell led by unemployed benefits claimant Ebu Tejma, 33, who lived with his pregnant wife and five children in a council provided flat.
It was stuffed with jewellery, cash and savings books worth a fortune when it was stormed by Austria’s elite police special forces team WEGA.
The valuables had all been provided by Muslims radicalised by the preacher and his cronies in a network extended across the country and into the rest of Europe.
Tejma, described as charismatic man and who speaks excellent German, had dozens of YouTube videos, still online, guiding the faithful and attracting the disaffected to a life of jihad.
He was known to have been questioning the faithful in Vienna’s mosques about whether they had daughters of marriageable age, presumably to entice and reward the jihadists joining the fight under the black banner of Isis.
He told fathers on their way to Friday prayers that he had many contacts who were looking for wives, and told girls that they had a duty to support the men.
Samra and Sabina, who attended his sermons, were radicalised within a few short months.