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    Europe Sees Wave of Sex Attacks Amid Migrant Crisis (40)

    A total of 561 complaints have been filed to German police in relation to the New Year’s Eve assaults on women in Cologne, the city's chief prosecutor said Tuesday.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) – On December 31, numerous women in Cologne were robbed, threatened and sexually assaulted by small groups of aggressive men, allegedly of Arab and North African origin.

    According to figures provided by Cologne's chief prosecutor Ulrich Bremer, the number of complaints has risen by eight from 553 filings reported on Monday, the Zeit Online news outlet said. Around 45 percent of them referred to sexual harassment.

    Investigators have identified a total of 32 suspects so far, most of them migrants or asylum seekers.

    In Nuremberg, police are investigating attacks on women by a group of men, reportedly of North African origin, Zeit Online said. Four women complained they had been harassed by 20 men who tried to grope and kiss them against their will.

    Similar attacks on New Year's Eve were reported in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Berlin, besides other cities.

    Europe Sees Wave of Sex Attacks Amid Migrant Crisis (40)


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