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First Western female anti-ISIS fighter dies

Ivana Hoffmann, aslo known as Avaşin Tekoşin Güneş, was killed on Saturday while fighting alongside Kursdish fighters

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A German woman has reportedly become the first Western national female fighter to die in battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), UK’s The Guardian newspaper reported Monday, quoting a statement published by the Turkish-Kurdish communist group Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP).

Ivana Hoffmann, aslo known as Avaşin Tekoşin Güneş, was killed on Saturday while fighting alongside Kursdish fighters.

The 19-year-old, who died in the Syrian region of Tel Tamir, was killed this week after fire was exchange between the People’s Protection Unit (YPG) and ISIS.

Hoffmann reportedly travelled to Syria more than six months ago.

In a video published on YouTube, the woman, who apparently has African roots, said she was born in 1995.

According to tweets posted on Monday, a memorial for the young woman is to be held in Duisburg on March 14 from 3pm local time.

The German foreign ministry said it was unable to comment on the incident, according to The Guardian.