The stabbing took place in the Sint-Jansstraat in Aalst. Two local residents stated arguing. The men are reported to know each other. According to eyewitnesses the victim had been followed and had sought sanctuary in a bar. It was there that he was stabbed in the back and severely injured. The victim was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition. The perpetrator was caught quickly and taken in for questioning.
Eva Brantegem of the East Flemish Judicial Authorities told VRT News that Both the victim and the perpetrator are Syrian nationals. The suspect is being questioned by and Examining Magistrate he is suspected of attempted murder. The victim will be question as soon as his condition allows.