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New year sex attacks in Germany 'likely to remain unsolved'

Published 11/07/2016

Demonstrations took place across Germany in the aftermath of a string of New Year's Eve sexual assaults and robberies (AP)
Demonstrations took place across Germany in the aftermath of a string of New Year's Eve sexual assaults and robberies (AP)

A top German police officer has said it may prove impossible to find many of the perpetrators of hundreds of sexual offences committed against women on New Year's Eve.

Reports claim that police have concluded some 1,200 women were victims of sexual offences in German cities, attacks which were largely blamed on foreigners. Some 650 were assaulted in Cologne alone.

Officers estimate more than 2,000 men were involved, but the draft Federal Criminal Police Office report said only 120 suspects were traced.

There have been four convictions so far.

German police would not immediately confirm the figures.

Top officer Holger Muench told broadcasters NDR and WDR and the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung that the investigations have not yet been concluded, but "we must assume (the perpetrators) of many of these acts can't be found".

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