Austrian teens who fled to Syria to join ISIS killed by terrorists attempting to leave

It’s a bitter lesson that sadly neither of two radicalized Austrian teens lived to learn.

According to The Local, 17-year-old Samra Kesonic and her friend, 15-year-old Sabina Selimovic, traveled to Syria together last year to join ISIS, a group with which they thought they sympathized.

When the girls began to have doubts about their decision, they learned it was easier to gain entrance to the terrorists’ camp than to leave. Both are now believed to be dead, beaten to death trying to escape the group’s headquarters in Raqqa.

Samra (left) and Sabina
Samra (left) and Sabina

Reports in the Österreich and Kronen Zeitung tabloids cite ‘insider’ sources who say Samra was beaten to death but the interior and foreign ministries have not confirmed this.

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“We cannot comment on individual cases,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Thomas Schnöll told the Austria Press Agency. Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundböck also said that he could not comment on the matter.

A Tunisian woman who also journeyed to Syria to join the jihadists last year but later succeeded in escaping and returning home told the Kronen Zeitung that she lived with Samra and Sabina in Raqqa. She was unable, however, to comment on their fate.

Rumours that circulated late last year included the claim that one of the two had been killed fighting in Syria and that the other had disappeared.

Photos of both girls appeared on social networking sites, with them holding Kalashnikov rifles and surrounded by armed men — images which Austrian police said were meant to recruit young girls to join Isis.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."