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Number of complaints related to Cologne attacks continues to grow

Published 19/01/2016

Police patrol in front of the main train station and the cathedral in Cologne, Germany (AP)
Police patrol in front of the main train station and the cathedral in Cologne, Germany (AP)

More than 800 complaints have now been filed in connection with assaults and robberies in Cologne on New Year's Eve that investigators have linked largely to foreigners, German prosecutors said.

About 521 complaints allege some kind of sexual assault, including three rapes.

The overall number of complaints has increased from 766 on Monday to now stand at 809.

The attacks have stoked a fierce debate in Germany about how to integrate the almost 1.1 million asylum seekers who arrived last year.

German news agency dpa reported that police are investigating 21 people from North African countries in connection with the Cologne attacks for robbery, theft and trafficking stolen goods.

Eight suspects are currently in detention. One of them is accused of sexual assault.

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