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One of two teenage Austrian girls who traveled to Syria in April to join the Islamic State is said to have been killed there. A suspicious package at a Vienna subway station was detonated; it was later found to have contained hand cream. The national prosecutors' association has asked the Justice Ministry to keep their names anonymous in public proceedings, due to a fear of reprisal attacks by jihadists.
A court has extended the detention of Vienna-based extremist cleric Ebu Tejma a.k.a. Mirsad O., who was arrested on Nov. 28 with 12 other suspects during raids in Vienna, Graz, and Linz. Investigators are looking into allegations that Tejma headed a "Bosnian cell" in Vienna that supported jihadist activities in Europe and is also suspected of sending as many as 160 recruits, including teenage girls, to the Islamic State.
Some 900 police officers conducted raids in Vienna, Graz, and Linz after a two-year investigation into jihadist recruitment networks, arresting 13 people, including Abu Tejma, a Bosnian Serb preacher based in Vienna. The suspects are also thought to be involved in fundraising for the Islamic State. Austria's interior ministry has said that about 150 people have sought to leave the country to fight for extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.
After rumors on social media led the Interior Ministry to inform the parents of two teenage Austrian girls that they might have been killed in Syria, one of the girls apparently posted a message indicating they are both alive. The two sisters traveled to Syria in April, and are said to have married Chechen fighters. An estimated 142 Austrian jihadists, including 12 females, are said to have traveled to Syria to fight. Government officials are planning measures to address the rising terrorist threat, including banning the Islamic State and its symbols, stripping returning jihadists of citizenship, and developing antiradicalization programs.
Austrian authorities arrested nine people with asylum status who are suspected of trying to travel to Syria to join jihadist groups. The suspects, who are all Chechens with Russian citizenship, were arrested near the border in Carinthia and Burgenland. In June, Austrian intelligence said an estimated 100 people had left Austria to fight for rebel groups in Syria. Some of the Austrian jihadists have returned, and about 20 others are thought to have died in combat.