Teenage German Girl Found Among Daesh Fighters in Mosul

Published July 18th, 2017 - 11:01 GMT
Iraqi forces patrol Mosul. (AFP)
Iraqi forces patrol Mosul. (AFP)

German prosecutors are investigating whether a 16-year-old girl who converted to Islam before disappearing in 2016 is among the 20 Islamic State fighters discovered in a tunnel underneath Mosul's Old City last week.

The teenager from the town of Pulsnitz near Dresden converted to Islam and was in contact with members of the extremist group via an online chat before disappearing last summer.

Prosecutors had been investigating her on charges of preparing an act of violent subversion against the state, but suspended the probe after her disappearance, daily newspaper Die Welt reported.

Lorenz Haase, a senior prosecutor in Dresden, said there was "new evidence ... that is being reviewed," adding that the investigation would be reopened the teen "reappears and is conclusively identified."

The 20 foreign fighters were in possession of weapons and explosive belts when they were discovered in the tunnel on Thursday, just days after Mosul's recapture from Islamic State militants.

The group included five German, three Russian, three Turkish and two Canadian nationals.

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