Three Muslim girls, two of Syrian origin, were assaulted in separate attacks in the German capital Berlin, with anti-immigrant sentiments thought to be the motive.
Two Syrian refugees aged 15 and 16 were walking in the northeast of the city on Friday when they were confronted with a man spouting racist insults, the German authorities said on Saturday. The man then proceeded to attack the girls, punching them several times before fleeing to a nearby shopping mall, according to police.
The girls sustained injuries and were transferred to a hospital for treatment.
Hours later, a 12 year-old girl reported that she had been attacked by a woman in the south eastern district of Neukölln. The woman reportedly pulled off the girl’s headscarf, threatened her with pepper spray, and attempted to stab the child with a syringe filled with what appeared to be blood, police said, but she managed to flee as officers arrived at the scene.