Germany: 18 asylum-seekers were involved in Cologne violence

Published January 8th, 2016 - 12:00 GMT

The German interior ministry said Friday that 18 asylum-seekers were among those who played a role in the violence in Cologne on New Year's Eve, Reuters reported.

In a press conference, ministry spokesman Tobias Plate said federal police had identified 31 people who were involved in the violence. Of the 31 suspects, 18 were in the process of seeking asylum in Germany.

The majority of the 32 criminal acts documented by police were related to theft and bodily injury. There were three crimes related to sexual assault, although no names have been linked to these acts.

Of the 31 people questioned, nine were Algerian, eight Moroccan, five Iranian, and four Syrian, Plate said. Additionally, two German citizens, a US citizen, an Iraqi and a Serb were also among those identified that night.

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