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Gang attacks on women outside Cologne Cathedral

January 07, 2016

As crowds gathered outside Cologne Cathedral and the adjacent train station to celebrate the new year, numerous men attacked women, according to multiple media reports.

The city’s police chief described the assailants as “of Arab or North African appearance,” the BBC reported. The number of assailants was estimated at 1,000.

“The news of the violence on New Year’s Eve in front of the Cologne Central Station, in the immediate vicinity of the cathedral, has shocked me,” said Father Gerd Bachner, the cathedral’s provost.

“We must now act prudently and it is especially important to carefully investigate the incidents and not jump to conclusions,” he added. “On this basis, I am confident that the city, together with the police, will take appropriate measures to ensure that such a thing does not happen again.”


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  • Posted by: feedback - Jan. 08, 2016 1:36 AM ET USA

    It took about four days after New Year's day before it was first reported in the "news." Political correctness at work.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jan. 07, 2016 9:44 PM ET USA

    1,000 assailants “of Arab or North African appearance,” sexually attacking women and “We must ... not jump to conclusions,” That is the epitome of a PC understatement.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Jan. 07, 2016 1:40 PM ET USA

    Excuse me, landsmanner, but when you admit close to a million people into your country with an ethos that says any degrading thing you do to an unbeliever is fair game, EXACTLY WHAT DID YOU EXPECT TO HAPPEN?

  • Posted by: Daniel Conte - Jan. 07, 2016 10:04 AM ET USA

    You don't wanty to paint a whole group with one brush, but perhaps there could be SOME screening of migrants entering Europe.