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Two Austrian girls stopped in route to join ISIS
Acoording to RT, the Austrian authorities have stopped two schoolgirls who were willing to leave the country and join the jihadists in the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). A third girl was planning to join them, but was stopped by her mother.
A 14-year-old girl and her friend, 15, both from Vienna, were earlier reported missing, said Interior Ministry official Alexander Marakovits.
The third girl, who is 17 years old, was planning to join them in Graz, the second-largest city in Austria. However, her mother became suspicious of the large suitcase she was taking and stopped her from going.
The elder girl’s mother decided to call the local police on Saturday and they managed to track down her two friends.
The girls were reportedly born in Austria. The parents of the 15-year-old have Iraqi origins, but have lived in Austria for about 20 years. The younger girl reportedly comes from a foster home. It is still unclear how and why the girls decided to join the Islamic militants.
The teens told police that they didn’t like Austria, reported Kronen Zeitung newspaper. They were planning to go to Syria or Iraq, said AP.
According to Marakovits, one of the girls comes from a Muslim family, while the other is a convert. Both are now wearing burqas.
"They are victims who have fallen in with the wrong circle of friends," he said, adding that the teens were "lured [to Syria] with false promises."
The Interior Ministry didn't reveal what the girls planned to do there.
This is not the first case in Austria when citizens have attempted to join the Islamic State.
In April, two girls from Vienna, Samra Kesinovic, 16, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, disappeared from their homes.
The first hints of where the girls went were a number of social media posts claiming the girls had gone to fight a ‘holy war’.
For more deatails please check RT