Ger­man ji­hadi girl ar­rested in Iraq

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

BERLIN: A Ger­man 16-year-old girl sus­pected of join­ing the Is­lamic State ji­hadists in Iraq was ar­rested last week in Mo­sul, a Ger­man ju­di­cial source said yes­ter­day. “The Dres­den pros­e­cu­tor con­firms that Linda W was iden­ti­fied in Iraq,” where she is re­ceiv­ing Ger­man con­sular as­sis­tance, said the pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice in Dres­den, near the teen’s eastern home­town of Pul­snitz.

Ger­man me­dia ear­lier re­ported Iraqi sol­diers had cap­tured the teenager last week along with sev­eral other sus­pected IS ‘brides’ in a tun­nel where they had taken refuge and where weapons and ex­plo­sives belts had also been un­cov­ered. Linda W dis­ap­peared last year af­ter ap­par­ently mak­ing con­tact with IS mem­bers via in­ter­net mes­sag­ing and re­port­edly con­vert­ing to Is­lam. Ger­man weekly Der Spiegel re­ported yes­ter­day Linda W had been de­tained in Bagh­dad with three other Ger­man women and that they had been ques­tioned fol­low­ing the lib­er­a­tion of Mo­sul from IS con­trol which Iraq re­ported on July 10.

Spiegel said the Iraqi au­thor­i­ties handed the Ger­man em­bassy a list of names of Ger­man women in the area “at the start of the week” and added con­sular of­fi­cials had since vis­ited four of them at a prison at Bagh­dad air­port. The mag­a­zine said one of the four was of Moroc­can ori­gin and that an­other was be­lieved to be of Chechen ori­gin but had a Ger­man pass­port. —AFP

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