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Detained girl officially suspected of attempting to join ISIS

Updated måndag 7 december 2015 kl 17.00
Published måndag 7 december 2015 kl 13.31
"Working to find a way to get her home"
(2:35 min)
Islamic State militants pass by a convoy in Tel Abyad, northeast Syria. File Photo. AP-
Islamic State militants pass by a convoy in Tel Abyad, northeast Syria. File Photo. AP-

The 17-year-old girl from Linköping, who was detained by police in Austria Saturday, is now officially suspected of attempting to join the Islamic State, according to the Austrian TV channel ORF.

It is still not clear whether the girl is going to be extradited to Sweden or if her case will be tried in Austria.

The girl is still in detention in Austria, and denies having had any contact with the terrorist organisation. The social services in her hometown of Linköping are working to have her returned to Sweden. 

"The municipality is working together with the Swedish police to find a way to get her home," said Claes Lundkvist, spokesperson for Linköping Municipality.

The girls parents contacted the municipality on Thursday to say that she had gone missing and that they suspected she was on her way to Syria to join the Islamic State jihadist group. They were given the advice to contact the police and on Saturday evening she was located to Vienna.

The girl's family told Expressen that the teenager recently became radicalised and is said to have talked positively about IS in different contexts.

The decision to take the girl into care means that the social services take over the responsibility for the girl from the parents.

"When she comes home, the social services will investigate what kind of support the girl and her family needs," said Claes Lundkvist.

The girl was born and raised in Sweden and attends high school.

Swedish Radio News reports that, according to the Swedish security and intelligence police Säpo, there are currently 125 Swedes who have joined al-Qaida-inspired groups in Syria and Iraq. One third of them are women.

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