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Austrian teen jihadist 'likely killed' in Syria

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Firas Houidi (19) and Oliver N. (16). Photo: private Facebook
21:40 CET+01:00
The 19-year-old Austrian jihadist with Tunisian roots Firas Houidi, who was believed to be fighting with fellow jihadists in Syria may have been killed, according to a report in the Friday edition of the daily newspaper Kurier.

Houidi is currently the target of an international arrest warrant.  The newspaper cites a blog called Africa News for the report.  Another blogger from Innsbruck with Afghan roots claims to have heard a report of his death by the wife of the Austrian jihadist who last year claimed to have been radicalized at a mosque in Floridsdorf, while declaring allegiance to Isis.

According to the Kurier, Austrian authorities claim to have seen no evidence of the jihadist's alleged death.  "It's the first we heard of this", they said.  Intelligence circles also commented that no evidence of the death has been obtained, but note that it is common for Isis fighters to fake their own deaths, then take on new identities.

Houidi was last heard from in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

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