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German Schoolgirl, 16, Who Ran Away From Home To Fight For ISIS Captured(photos)

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This is the face of the 16-year-old German runaway schoolgirl who has been captured in the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul where she has been fighting for Islamic State.

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Linda Wenzel has been pictured after her arrest looking much older than the typical Facebook pictures she’d posted before her radicalisation.

 

The images show a startling transformation from the once healthy looking teenager to the pale and gaunt captive she has become.

Linda fled her home in Pulsnitz near Dresden a year ago, flying from Frankfurt to Turkey before making her way to Syria.

She was said to have fallen in with ISIS offshoot groups through speaking to extremists via internet chat rooms before being smuggled into Iraq.

Radicalised in Germany, she changed her name to Mariam and sometimes posted photos of herself wearing a headscarf.

Authorities in Germany, who listed her as a potential terror suspect after her disappearance, are examining the photos of her captured in newly-liberated Mosul to confirm it is her.

However, newspaper Die Welt, citing security sources, said the captive girl is definitely the missing schoolgirl from Germany.

“There are new findings in the criminal investigation that are being tested,” said chief prosecutor Lorenz Haase.

“When she is clearly identified, the investigation will be resumed.”

Linda was among 20 Islamic State followers seized after the city fell following a ten month battle which left 25,000 Jihadists dead and Iraq’s second largest city a sea of devastation.

Linda was said to have been unhappy at home and turned to Islam.

She soon began engaging with ISIS followers in the Middle East in internet chat rooms and was under the observation of German intelligence officials suspected of plotting a serious crime against the state when she fled abroad.

She was caught in a tunnel system in Mosul with other women, some of whom wore suicide vests and had automatic weapons.

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