Austrian ISIS 'Poster Girl' Reported Killed While Trying to Flee Raqqa

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The Austrian teens, Sabina Selimovic (L) and Samra Kesinovic (R).
The Austrian teens, Sabina Selimovic (L) and Samra Kesinovic (R).Credit: Screenshot

An Austrian teen who joined ISIS was beatean by militants for trying to escape Syria and go back home to her family, Austrian media reported on Wednesday.

Samra Kesinovic, 17, was killed as she tried to flee Raqqa, the de facto capital capital of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Kesinovic appeared frequently in ISIS propaganda, along with her 16-year-old friend Sabina Selimovic.

Kesinovic was beaten to death with a hammer, the Austrian newspaper  Österreich reported, quoting an unnamed Tunisian woman who lived with her. Selimovic is also believed to be dead, having been killed in the fighting in Syria over a year ago.  

The Austrian Foreign Ministry refused to comment on the death, or whether they had confirmation, but government sources had said Kesinovic had been in contact with her family recently and said she wanted to return home, according to the Huffington Post.

Kesinovic and Selimovic, who were both born in Bosnia, left Austria in April 2014. At the time, they posted a social media message saying: "Don't look for us. We serve Allah and will die for him."

The girls were photographed wearing Islamic head coverings and holding Kalashnikov assault rifles, surrounded by male jihadis in ISIS materials.  Unconfirmed reports said that both were married off to ISIS jihadi fighters and became pregnant, but a year ago became disillusioned and had enough of the violence, and decided to return to Austria.

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