One of the two Austrian teens who became poster girls for the Islamic State group when they ran away from home to become terrorist brides, has been reported dead.
Samra Kesinovic, 17, was reportedly beaten to death when she realized her mistake and attempted to escape the ISIS-controlled city of Raqqa, Syria, The New York Daily News reported.
The report came from another woman who told an Austrian tabloid that she had once lived with Kesinovic and later managed to escape the terrorist enclave.
Her murder, which allegedly occurred last year, has not yet been confirmed by foreign authorities.
The Daily News reported:
Kesinovic ran away with her friend, 15-year-old Sabina Selimovic, last year. The two teens were considered “jihad poster girls” and were used by ISIS to inspire other young girls to join the fighters in Iraq and Syria.
European media reported that one of the two girls was killed during a September ISIS battle, while a second report from December reaffirmed that one of the two teens was dead.
N either report clarified which of the teens had died, but the news of Kesinovic’s alleged beating death seems to suggest Selimovic was the first of the two to be killed.
The girls came from Bosnian refugee families who settled in Austria after the Bosnian War of the early ’90s. Both friends were born in Austria, but were eventually lured to Syria.
Because Islamic State militants believe that anyone killed by a woman would be denied heaven, girls are often used on the battlefield. For that reason, experts believe both girls were sent to fight shortly after becoming brides.
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