Samra Kesinovic, 16, and her 15-year-old friend Sabina Selimovic disappeared from their homes in Vienna earlier this year to join ISIS. Both had previously converted to Islam. Peter Slanar, the head of the school that the teens attended, said that they had been trying to get others to convert prior to fleeing the country.
“There were vandalism incidents in which tables and walls had the words ‘I love Al Qaeda’ written on them,” Slanar said.
Not long after fleeing Austria, the girls began posting pictures of themselves with Kalashnikov rifles, and authorities in their home country were afraid they were being used to help recruit other young people to join ISIS. Alexander Marakovits, a spokesman for Austria’s Interior Ministry, said recently that they hoped to stop other teens from following suit.
On Sunday, Marakovits told The Salzburger News that it was believed one of the teenagers was already dead.
Konrad Kogler, Austria’s Director General for Public Security, confirmed that there were rumors that one of the teens had died, but he was quick to point out that the rumors were unverified.
Sources: Daily Mail, RYOT, NY Post