A 16-year-old German school girl Linda W who ran away from her home town in Germany to join ISIS has been captured in the ruins of the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Identified only as Linda W from the town of Pulsnitz, near Dresden, she fled a year ago after flying from Frankfurt to Turkey before making her way to Syria.
She fell in with ISIS offshoot groups before being smuggled into Iraq.
Radicalized in Germany, she changed her name to Mariam and sometimes posted photos of herself on her Facebook page wearing a headscarf.
Authorities in Germany, who listed her as a potential terror suspect after her disappearance, confirmed they are examining the photos of her captured in newly liberated Mosul to determine it is actually her.
She was among 20 ISIS followers seized after Mosul fell following a ten-month battle which left 25,000 Jihadists dead and Iraq’s second largest city a sea of devastation.
Newspaper Die Welt, citing security sources, said the captive girl is definitely the missing schoolgirl from Germany.
Linda (pictured) fled a year ago after flying from Frankfurt to Turkey before making her way to Syria
‘There are new findings in the criminal investigation that are being tested,’ said chief prosecutor Lorenz Haase.
He added: ‘When she is clearly identified, the investigation will be resumed.’
Linda W. was unhappy at home and turned to Islam, but soon began engaging with Isis followers in the Middle East on Internet chat rooms.
She 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.
Media reports said they worked for the ISIS police force in the city.
Linda (pixellated) was among 20 ISIS followers seized after Mosul fell following a ten-month battle which left 25,000 Jihadists dead
Among those detained were also women from Russia, Turkey, Canada, and Chechnya.
All were seized during military mopping-up operations last Thursday.
Linda’s mother said at the time she vanished; ‘She got a proper brainwashing I hope we can get her back.’