Two Austrian teenage girls, who claimed they were going to Syria to help the Islamist rebels fight the Assad government, are currently the focus of an international police search, according to Interpol on Saturday.
Sabina Selimovic, 15, and her best friend, Samra Kesinovic, 16, were last seen in their homes by their families on April 10.
According to Interpol, the two teens left behind a large number of postings on social media networks which were found by the girls' parents many of which indicated their desire to fight for a jihad -- holy war -- in Syria.
The girls' parents were originally Bosnians who fled their native land as refugees and settled in Austria during the violent conflicts of the 1990’s. They told police officials and news reporters that the Internet messages are not being written by the two teenagers.
But they admitted that the two girls, described as being "as close as sisters" had begun attending a mosque headed by a radical Islamic preacher named Ebu Tejma.
Reports coming out of Austria claim the fathers of the two girls left Austria to personally search for their daughters, who no one has seen of heard from since their disappearance.
Some of the photographs posted on the girls' Facebook pages had shown them holding AK-47 rifles. Their Facebook pages have since been deleted.
In one of the FB postings, the girls claimed they were getting married to Muslim men so they could become “holy warriors.” They also allegedly wrote that death was their ultimate goal.
Austrian police officials said they believe the pair of female jihadists are attending a terrorist training camp somewhere in Syria or Iraq and are quite possibly married to rebel husbands who are much older than the teenagers.