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Number of complaints in Cologne attacks continues to grow

German Prosecutors Say More Than 800 Complaints Have Now Been Filed In Connection With Assaults And Robberies In Cologne On New Year’s Eve That Investigators Have Linked Largely To Foreigners.

PTI | Updated on: 19 Jan 2016, 09:45:50 PM


German prosecutors say more than 800 complaints have now been filed in connection with assaults and robberies in Cologne on New Year’s Eve that investigators have linked largely to foreigners.

About 521 complaints allege some kind of sexual assault, including three rapes. The overall number of complaints has grown from 766 on Monday to 809 on today.

The attacks have stoked a fierce debate in Germany about how to integrate the almost 1.1 million asylum-seekers who arrived last year.

German news agency dpa reported Tuesday that police are investigating 21 people from North African countries in connection with the Cologne attacks for robbery, theft and trafficking stolen goods. Eight suspects are currently in detention. One of them is accused of sexual assault for allegedly groping a woman.

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First Published : 19 Jan 2016, 09:43:00 PM