The woman and a friend had gotten into an argument with two boys, aged 13 and 14, in a supermarket in the small town of Burgwedel near Hanover on Saturday evening. The pair met the teens again on their way home, at which point they had been joined by a 17-year-old and the argument between the woman’s 25-year-old friend and the Syrians escalated.
Daily Mail Local media reports that the 24-year-old had stepped in to calm the combatants down, when she was stabbed by the 17-year-old. All three teenagers fled the scene, but were soon caught by police.
The 17-year-old appeared before a court on Sunday and has been charged with attempted murder. The nationality of the woman, who remains in critical condition, and her friend are not known.
Knife crimes are spiking in Germany; a fortnight ago a 17-year-old Afghan boy was arrested for murdering his 16-year-old girlfriend in Flensburg with a switchblade. Police report in all 16 states that the number of attacks are on the rise.