The attacks in Cologne on New Year’s Eve made headlines, but only a few suspects have been identified. Two North African men are being held on charges of theft and sexual assault. It’s believed they may have entered Germany under false identities.
A year since the Cologne sex assaults, a debate has broken out after the city's police allegedly "racially profiled" hundreds of North Africans. Authorities have also been criticized for referring to the men as "Nafris."
Most men checked by Cologne police on New Year's Eve were - apparently - from the Middle East or South Asia. North Africans, whom police referred to as "Nafris," were previously believed to have been the majority.
A mob of young men sexually assaulted and harassed dozens of women outside of Cologne's busy main train station on New Year's Eve. The city has said it wants to ensure that it never happens again.
A state parliamentary inquiry has found police did not intervene fast enough in the 2015 New Year's Eve attacks. According to the report, officers could have prevented hundreds of alleged robberies and sexual assaults.
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