Tuesday 27 September 2016

Cologne sex attacks: Two suspects arrested had videos on phones of assaults on women

Police in Cologne arrest two men in connection with the sex attacks on women in Cologne on New Year's Eve and confirm asylum seekers among suspects

Published 08/01/2016 | 12:42

A woman walks in front of the main railway station in Cologne, Germany January 7, 2016, near the city's cathedral. German police have identified three suspects in connection with attacks on women at New Year celebrations in the city of Cologne but have not yet made any arrests, the interior minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said on Wednesday
A woman walks in front of the main railway station in Cologne, Germany January 7, 2016, near the city's cathedral. German police have identified three suspects in connection with attacks on women at New Year celebrations in the city of Cologne but have not yet made any arrests, the interior minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said on Wednesday
A TV satellite uplink vehicle stands in front of the main railways station of Cologne, Germany January 7, 2016. German police have identified three suspects in connection with attacks on women at New Year celebrations in the city of Cologne

Two men who have been arrested in Cologne in connection with a slew of sex attacks in the city had recordings on their phones of assaults against women.

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According to reports, one of the men was carrying a note in German and Arabic with translations of phrases like “Beautiful breasts”, “I want to have sex with you” and “I’ll kill you”, according to police.

The series of attacks on New Year's Eve has left Germany shocked.

The two men were described in local media as being from "immigrant background" and were arrested at the city's railway station, close to where the attacks occurred.

Meanwhile, 18 asylum seekers were among those involved in the violence on New Year's Eve in Cologne, the German interior ministry said on Friday.

At least 100 women have sought to file criminal complaints of sexual assault and robbery during the New Year's Eve festivities in the German city, authorities said, including two accounts of rape.

A TV satellite uplink vehicle stands in front of the main railways station of Cologne, Germany January 7, 2016. German police have identified three suspects in connection with attacks on women at New Year celebrations in the city of Cologne
A TV satellite uplink vehicle stands in front of the main railways station of Cologne, Germany January 7, 2016. German police have identified three suspects in connection with attacks on women at New Year celebrations in the city of Cologne

Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate told a news conference that federal police had identified 31 people by name who played a role in the violence, 18 of whom were in the process of seeking asylum in Germany.

Plate said the vast majority of the 32 criminal acts documented by federal police on the night were tied to theft and bodily injury. Three were related to sexual assaults, although police had no names tied to these acts.

He said of the 31 people questioned, nine had been Algerian, eight Moroccan, five Iranian, and four Syrian. Two German citizens, an Iraqi, a Serb and a U.S. citizen were also among those seen to have committed crimes during the night.

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