An Iraqi anti-terror officer reported that 20 female ISIS
supporters were arrested in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The women were heavily armed with guns and suicide vests – and five of them were German. There were also women from Canada, Russia, Turkey, and Chechnya among them.
At the time of the arrest, the female terrorists were hiding in an ISIS-owned underground tunnel, ready to attack Iraqi troops.
So far, the German Department of Foreign Affairs has not been able to confirm whether the supposed five German women were indeed in possession of German passports. They said they still needed to verify the information, but were in contact with Iraqi authorities in an attempt to shed light on the situation. If the department can confirm the women's nationalities, they will offer legal advice to the German nationals.
Meanwhile, security agencies are investigating the identity of one particular female arrestee. According to a tip, one of them could be a 16-year-old German girl that went missing in Dresden last year. The girl had been chatting online with ISIS supporters, was sympathetic to their cause, and converted to Islam. While the Public Prosecutor's Office was building a case against her for seditious conspiracy, the girl vanished. The Public Prosecutor's Office now believes she is one of the arrested ISIS terrorists.