An Austrian teen who fled Vienna to join ISIS was allegedly beaten to death after she tried to escape.
As the New York Daily News cautions, 17-year-old Samra Kesinovic‘s death has not been confirmed by any governmental or intelligence authorities, but two tabloids covering the story broke the news on Tuesday. Kesinovic and her 16-year-old friend Sabina Selimovic ran away from their Bosnian immigrant parents in Austria last year.
Since then several European tabloids and news agencies have speculated wildly about the girls’ fate. As The Local points out, a UN Israeli expert suggested in late 2014 that one of the teens had been killed while fighting in Syria, while the other’s fate was unknown. Said expert wouldn’t name names.
Yet the reports in the Österreich and Kronen Zeitung tabloids citing “insider” knowledge are now saying that Kesinovic was beaten to death after she had a change of heart and decided to return home. The latter publication specifically quotes a Tunisian woman who also left home to join ISIS, then changed her mind and escaped.
When the Austria Press Agency asked about the matter, Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Thomas Schnöll said he could not “comment on individual cases.” The Interior Ministry’s Karl-Heinz Grundböck said the same.
In October 2014, reported rumors suggested that Kesinovic and Selimovic were both pregnant by ISIS members and wanted to leave.
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