The Daily Telegraph | 2015-11-26 00:38:49.0
WHAT'S IN A FACE? A teenaged Austrian girl, Samra Kesinovic, who went to Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group, is believed to have been beaten to death after being caught trying to flee the IS stronghold of Raqqa
An Austrian teenager who became a poster girl for Islamic State has reportedly been beaten to death by the group after she was caught trying to flee Syria.
Samra Kesinovic, 17, was murdered after she was caught attempting to escape from Raqqa, Islamic State's self-declared capital in Syria, according to reports in two Austrian newspapers.
She appeared extensively in IS propaganda after leaving her native Vienna to join the Islamic terrorists together with Sabina Selimovic, a 16-year-old friend.
The two teenagers were shown wearing Islamic headbands and brandishing Kalashnikov rifles, surrounded by masked male jihadists.
Both Austrian women are now believed to be dead. Selimovic was reported to have been killed in fighting in Syria last year.
Kesinovic and Selimovic were both children of Bosnian refugees who fled to Austria from the war in their country during the 1990s.
They reportedly left a note for their families that read: "Don't look for us. We will serve Allah and we will die for him."
Kesinovic reportedly wrote home late last year, telling her family that she wanted to return and that she had had enough of the extreme violence she saw every day.
It is believed they both married IS jihadists in Syria. Selimovic later denied reports that she was pregnant in an exchange of text messages with the magazine Paris Match, and claimed she was happy in Syria.
"Here I can really be free. I can practise my religion. I couldn't do that in Vienna," she told the magazine.