A 16-year-old German girl captured in an Islamic State bunker in Mosul will be interrogated by the Iraqi authorities this week after her identity was confirmed by German consular officials.
Lorenz Haase, senior public prosecutor in Dresden, said he could confirm the teenager, Linda Wenzel, had been "located and identified in Iraq" and was receiving consular support but could not say anything on her exact circumstances. Iraqi forces are not seeking her extradition, so she may face trial in Baghdad, where she is languishing in an Iraqi prison, according to The Times of London.
The US-led coalition launched several airstrikes targeting ISIS's hideouts in the district of Tel Afar in Iraq's northwestern Nineveh province, officials said on Sunday.
She was interviewed by German broadcasters NDR and WDR and the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung in the infirmary of a military complex in Baghdad. He said she also might be expelled for being a foreigner or, because she is a minor reported missing in Germany, she could be handed over to Germany.
"I want to get away from the war, from the many weapons, from the noise".
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The girl reportedly was wounded in her left thigh and right knee during an unspecified helicopter attack.
The German media outlets reported the girl said she regretted joining IS, wanted to be extradited to Germany, and would cooperate with authorities.
"But even if she is physically OK, we don't know how she is doing psychologically, especially because we don't know what she may have done in the past year".
According to reports, she was one among four German women who joined the Isis group in recent years.
Iraqi officials told The Associated Press that her interrogation will begin next week and that German interpreters will be brought in because she doesn't speak much Arabic.
Iraqi intelligence officials say the girl allegedly had worked with the police of the IS group and was apprehended in a basement of Mosul's Old City earlier this month.