POLICE are investigating the attempted murder of a 39-year-old Georgian woman in a shop in Ledra Street yesterday.
The woman, who was stabbed in the back was taken to Nicosia General Hospital and operated on. Her condition is considered critical.
According to a police spokesman a Kurdish man entered the shop she works in, at around 3.30pm, argued with her and allegedly stabbed her in the back.
Witnesses at the scene told the Mail the woman, who was alone in the shop at the time, came out with blood dripping from her back and stumbled into the middle of the road, as her assailant ran off.
“We had to take five scarves from my store to stop the bleeding,” a shop owner Alexandros Kozas, said. Reports claim the Kurdish man had been involved in a heated argument with the victim’s brother days earlier and had been punched in the face, leaving him with several broken teeth.
According to Kozas, the suspect had visited the woman, who is believed to be of Armenian descent, on Wednesday demanding money to repair his broken teeth but had been turned away.
Yesterday, he returned to the store, allegedly with a knife and plunged it into the woman’s back after she again refused to give him money.
“They argued and when she refused to give him any money, he stabbed her in the back and ran off,” Kozas said. Police are still searching for the Kurdish man, who they said has had run-ins with the law before.