2 teenagers leave Austria, seek to fight in Syria


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VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police say they are conducting an international search for two teenage girls who left farewell letters announcing plans to "fight for Islam" in Syria.

Police spokesman Thomas Keiblinger says two identical letters left by the 15- and 16-year olds say "we have gone to Syria to fight for Islam. We will meet in Paradise. "

Both girls come from families who immigrated from Bosnia. Keiblinger says police determined the two flew to the Turkish city of Adana, about 125 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of the Syrian city of Aleppo, before losing track of them. Their parents reported them missing last week.

Keiblinger said Monday that Austrian authorities are taking the letters "very seriously."

Police did not identify the two in keeping with Austrian confidentiality rules.

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