24 Julio 2017 14:44
After being radicalised online, the teenage girl joined ISIS at war
It’s difficult to imagine that anyone would give up their charming life in the German countryside for a traumatic tenure as a member of the terrorist organisation, Islamic State. But that’s exactly what this teenager did.16-year-old Lisa Wenzel fled her home in Pulsnitz near Dresden last July to join ISIS after reportedly being groomed online, but last week she was arrested in Mosul and is being held in detention by Iraqi authorities in Baghdad. According to German news reports, the teenage girl regrets joining the jihadist group and just wants to go home and be with her family. Broadcasters NDR and WDR, alongside newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, reported that they had interviewed Wenzel in the infirmary of a military base in Baghdad, where she told them she wanted to leave the war. ‘I just want to get away from here,’ she was quoted as saying. ‘I want to get away from the war, from the many weapons, from the noise. I just want to go home to my family.’ The news sources confirmed that the teenage girl regrets leaving Germany, wants to be extradited and will cooperate with authorities if so. Wenzel allegedly has a gunshot wound on her left thigh and an injury on her right knee that was caused during a helicopter attack. Lorenz Haase, senior public prosecutor in Dresden, said on Tuesday that Wenzel travelled to Turkey about a year ago with the presumed goal of reaching Iraq or Syria, but security officials lost her trail and she made it to Mosul. Before her departure, the young woman had expressed an interest in Islam to her parents, but did not tell them she had converted to the religion. While inspecting her room after she had left, police found receipts for plane tickets from Dresden to Frankfurt, and Frankfurt to Istanbul, after which her whereabouts were unknown. Der Spiegel magazine says four German women, including Wenzel, who joined ISIS in recent years are being held in an Iraqi prison and are all receiving consular assistance from the embassy.