“This is barbaric what they have done, they were barbarians.”

Three teenagers of North African appearance have been arrested in Dortmund, Germany, for attacking and attempting to stone two transgender women. The incident occurred outside the main railway station, and ceased only when police noticed the attack and intervened.

Two of the perpetrators, aged 17 and 18, were already known to police, and remain in custody. The youngest, 16, has been released to his parents.

The women, known only as Elisa, 37, and Yasmine, 50, stated the boys initially tried to flirt with them, but snapped after they became aware they were transgender. Verbal abuse turned to physical force, as the attackers attempted to grab their breasts and pull their hair. Eventually, they picked up handfuls of gravel and started to throw them at the women.

“This is barbaric what they have done, they were barbarians,” stated Yasmine in a television interview.

Elisa also came forward with further details of the attack.

“Within seconds we were tossed around. It was only then I realized what they were saying, ‘You sluts need to be stoned!’”

The incident was seen by a passing police patrol and officers intervened before it spun out of control.

“Our colleagues noticed the affray and stepped in immediately. The North African offenders aged 16 to 18 were arrested,” stated chief inspector Kim-Ben Freigang to Bild newspaper.

Coincidently, details of the attack surfaced as police in Dusseldorf conducted a raid on an area dubbed ‘Little Maghreb’; named for the significant population of North African people who reside there. Roughly 300 officers were involved in the raid, which was close to Dusseldorf’s main railway station. They targeted criminal gangs who were notorious for bag-snatching, luggage-theft, drug offences, and other street robberies.

The incident raises further questions about Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy, and the complications it has caused for Germany and much of Europe. In the wake of the mass sex attacks by migrants in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, and the alleged cover up by police and media of similar incidents in Sweden, many Germans are protesting the influx of refugees.

The sex attacks on New Year’s Eve have prompted German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere, to commission a new report on the link between crime and immigrants.