The 31-year-old from Hesse is said to have supported her husband with housekeeping and raising children. In addition, she is said to have worked in an IS widow’s office. She was arrested when she returned to Germany.

Investigators in Hesse have arrested a suspected IS returnee in Rhineland-Palatinate. The 31-year-old German is said to be a member of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist militia and to have violated her duty to educate, as the public prosecutor’s office in Frankfurt am Main announced on Wednesday. The woman was arrested on Tuesday evening at an airport in Rhineland-Palatinate after re-entering Germany.

She is accused of leaving Offenbach, Hesse, for Pakistan with her husband and children in 2011. There the man is said to have joined the Islamic Movement Uzbekistan group. He was killed in a drone attack in 2012.

The 31-year-old then traveled to Syria with her children and joined IS there. In doing so, she accepted that she would put her children in great danger by traveling and staying in a civil war zone.

She married an IS fighter there and supported him by running the household and raising children. In a so-called widow’s office, she is said to have been responsible for looking after and caring for the widows of killed IS fighters.

In 2019 the woman was arrested. Until the end she was with her children in a Kurdish prison camp. A decision on remand in Germany should be made on Wednesday.