Three teenagers of North African origin have been arrested in connection to the alleged assault of two transgender women in the German city of Dortmund.
Named only by their first names as Yasmine and Elisa, the two victims said that they were verbally abused and threatened with stones by the men near the city's main train station last Monday.
The attackers allegedly said they were going to stone the two women before a police officer intervened.
Elisa, 37, and Jasmin, 50, said that the men spoke to them in Arabic and said they needed to stone 'such people', according to the German media organisation Breitbart.
'Within seconds we were tossed around…and they took stones from a gravel bed on the corner and threw them at us,' said one of the alleged victims.
The two women said that their attackers tried to grab their hair and breasts during the confrontation.
One of the girls claimed that the men picked up a handful of gravel and tried to throw it directly at the two of them.
The suspects abandoned their attack on their victim and were arrested by a police officer.
Speaking on the German broadcast channel Sat 1, one of the victims spoke of their disgust of the nature of the attack.
'This is barbaric what they have done, they were barbarians!' said Jasmine.
Following a police investigation, it was revealed that two of the teenagers are known to police for past offences.
The three North Africans have been put into custody, according to a police statement.