A 16-year-old German schoolgirl who ran away from home to join Islamic State has been captured in the ruins of the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to reports.
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.  Radicalised 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 Islamic State followers seized after the city fell following a 10-month battle which left 25,000 Jihadists dead and Iraq’s second largest city a sea of devastation.
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