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2 teen girls arrested in Austria after attempting to join Islamic jihadists in Syria

By Mason White 2:50 PM September 11, 2014
One of the suspects 

By: Anika Rao
Two teen girls were arrested on charges of terrorism after allegedly trying to join Islamic jihadists in Syria, police in Austria said.

The Interior Ministry has confirmed that the two teenagers have been arrested in Vienna, as they were trying to leave the country and join ISIS.

A third girl was scheduled to join the 14 and 16-year-old girls in Graz, but her mother became suspicious of the large amount of luggage she was carrying and prevented her from leaving home.

The mother also called police, who located the two friends. The two girls were born in Vienna. The parents of the 16-year-old girl were born in Iraq, but have lived in Austria for 20 years.

The 14-year-old girl is a foster child. Investigators have not revealed how the girl were radicalized. The girl told police that they planned to go to Syria or Iraq, because they did not like Austria.