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Cologne attacks suspect held in Switzerland

Published 28/04/2016

A Moroccan man has been arrested in connection with the New Year's attacks in Cologne
A Moroccan man has been arrested in connection with the New Year's attacks in Cologne

A Moroccan man wanted in connection with the New Year's attacks in Cologne has been arrested in Switzerland.

Police in Konstanz, southern Germany, said the 19-year-old was observed shoplifting at a store in the town on Wednesday before crossing the nearby border to Switzerland.

When Swiss police checked his identity they found that he was the subject of a European arrest warrant.

Swiss justice minister spokesman Folco Galli said the unnamed man has agreed to be extradited to Germany.

Cologne prosecutor Ulrich Bremer said the man is suspected of involvement in a theft and sexual assault.

He said prosecutors have received 1,168 criminal complaints in connection with the New Year's attacks, including 492 allegations of sexual assault.

A total of 152 people, mostly foreigners, are the subject of criminal investigations.

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