Cologne New Year violence cases up to 379: Police

AFP , Saturday 9 Jan 2016

Germany
A police vehicle patrols at the main square and in front of the central railway station in Cologne, Germany, January 5, 2016. (Reuters)

Cologne police said Saturday the number of cases filed over violence during New Year's festivities had reached 379, and that asylum seekers and illegal migrants made up the majority of suspects.

"Those in focus of criminal police investigations are mostly people from North African countries. The majority of them are asylum seekers and people who are in Germany illegally," police said in a statement, adding that around 40 percent of the cases related to sexual assault.

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