Mass sexual assault on New Year's Eve shocks Germany
Mayor of Cologne, where the incident took place, called emergency meeting
Berlin: Police are investigating reports of a group of 1,000 men carrying out a mass sexual assault on dozens of women in the middle of a German city on New Year’s Eve.
German police has received numerous complaints from women, who said they were groped and attacked in the Cologne city centre.
Mayor Henriette Reker called a meeting yesterday to discuss the police response to the attacks, which occurred at night near the main train station, next to the cathedral. At least 60 criminal complaints have been filed, including one allegation of rape.
The Cologne police chief says witnesses described the assaults as coming from a group of up to 1,000 men whose appearance indicated they were of “Arab or North African origin.” The police also said many of the men had been known to them for some time and were not newly-arrived refugees.
The number of people who fell victim to the assaults, 35 of whom were sexually assaulted