A teenage German girl who ran away after converting to Islam and was found by Iraqi troops in Mosul says she wants to go home, a German newspaper and broadcaster reported Monday.
“I just want to go back home to my family,” 16-year-old Linda Wenzel said. “I want to get away from the war, away from all the weapons, away from the noise.”
German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and public broadcaster ARD said their reporter interviewed the girl in Baghdad after she was found earlier this month as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from ISIS militants. She could theoretically face the death penalty in Iraq for membership in ISIS, according to the country’s counter-terrorism law.
Her husband died shortly after the marriage, the German media reported.
The girl said she had been hiding in a basement in Mosul when Iraqi soldiers captured her. She said she is “doing fine” despite a bullet wound in her left leg that she said “is from a helicopter attack.”
She is currently in a military hospital ward in Baghdad, according to the report.
It’s not clear if she can return to her home country or if she will be tried in Iraq for membership in ISIS.
She was expected to be interrogated this week by Iraqi officials.
The teenager has received consular assistance from the German Embassy in Iraq, prosecutor Lorenz Haase said from the eastern German city of Dresden.
Iraqi officials told the Associated Press last week that on the day of her arrest she was “too stunned” to speak, but she had improved since then. They said she had been working with the ISIS police department.
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SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press