Six Pakistani nationals and one Syrian asylum seeker were attacked by vigilante groups in Cologne in the wake of mass sexual assaults on New Year's Eve. Police officials believe the anti-foreigner attacks had been arranged via social media.
Police in Cologne will hold a series of press conferences to present new technologies and strategies meant to prevent further sex mob attacks in public places following last year's mass-scale New Year's Eve assaults.
In a bid to prevent a repeat of last year's sex attacks, state police focused on men of North African descent on New Year's Eve. Police Chief Jürgen Mathies has faced criticism for praising the success of the practice.
The German interior minister has called for answers at an inquiry on the mass sexual assaults in Cologne. Thomas de Maiziere acknowledged more needed to be done to prevent such an incident from happening again.
Police in Innsbruck are trying to identify a group of men accused of sexually assaulting 18 women during New Year's Eve celebrations. Witnesses said the assailants were in their 20s or 30s and had dark complexions.
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