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DARMSTADT, Germany — A Baumholder-based soldier is in a German jail on suspicion he stabbed a Frankfurt woman seven times in the back, a spokeswoman for the German prosecutor’s office said on Thursday.

Authorities are reviewing the status of forces agreement between Germany and the United States to decide if the soldier will remain in German custody or be turned over to the U.S. military.

The name of the 24-year-old soldier has not been released.

Dorris Möller-Scheu, the German prosecutor’s spokeswoman, said the soldier is accused of attacking the German woman while he stayed at her Frankfurt apartment.

Möller-Scheu said a soldier was sleeping on the 31-year-old woman’s sofa Sunday evening and then got up in the middle of the night and stabbed her. The woman, whose name has not been released, underwent surgery for a punctured lung and is in stable condition, the spokeswoman said. She had known the soldier for three weeks.

After the attack, the soldier left the Frankfurt apartment and was found around 3 a.m. in Baumholder, a German press release said. Möller-Scheu said a soldier was questioned about the attack, but said he does not remember what happened.

A 1st Armored Division spokesman confirmed Wednesday that one of the unit’s soldiers was in German custody while the incident is under investigation. Capt. Aaron Hatok said no further information would be released unless the soldier is charged.


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