- The three teenage girls went missing from Denver, Colorado last Friday
- Teenagers were apprehended in Frankfurt, Germany
- The girls left Denver and flew to Frankfurt via Chicago
- Girls are 15 and 16 years old and are believed to be of Somali descent
- They are minors so unclear if they’ll be charged with anything
- Law enforcement official: There are other cases of high school age kids trying to get to Syria that haven’t been made public
- Trio due to arrive back home this week – they have spoken to their relatives
by, Jill Reilly | Daily Mail Online
Three American teenage girls from Colorado have been detained in Germany while reportedly on their way to Syria to join ISIS.
The girls are 15 and 16 years old and are believed to be of Somali descent.
The trio were reported missing last Friday from their homes in Denver and tracked to Frankfurt by the FBI.
The girls were trying ‘to fulfill what they believe is some vision that has been put out on a slick media campaign’ by radical groups in Syria, including ISIS, a law enforcement official told ABC News today.
The official added there are other cases of high school age teenagers trying to get to Syria that have not been made public.
After being in contact with someone in Germany, the girls had radical beliefs and had intentions of going to Turkey and then Syria, where they wanted to link up with Islamic extremists and join the fight on the ground there.
One of the young girls reportedly told German authorities, ‘We are going to Turkey to study’ according to Turkish Weekly.
The girls have since spoken to their relatives and are due to arrive back home later Sunday.
Due to their ages it is unclear if they will be charged with anything.
Earlier this month a 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who federal authorities say intended to wage jihad pleaded guilty to trying to help the Islamic State militant group in Syria.
Shannon Conley pleaded guilty in federal court in Denver to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
The certified nurses’s aide was arrested at the Denver Airport in April, as she attempted to board a flight she hoped would get her to Syria.
She intended to meet up with a Tunisian ISIS fighter she met online who asked her to marry her and join the jihadist fight.
She could face up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.