German police arrest two suspects after violence in Cologne
A police vehicle patrols at the main square and in front of the central railway station in Cologne, Germany, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

DUSSELDORF, Germany: German police have arrested two suspects after a series of assaults on women during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cologne, a police spokeswoman said on Friday.

The two are males aged 16 and 23 and have “North African roots,” the police spokeswoman said. She gave no further details on their backgrounds.

Some 121 women are reported to have been robbed, threatened or sexually molested in Cologne by gangs of mostly drunk men while out celebrating.

A interior ministry spokesman said earlier on Friday that among 31 people who were questioned by police that night, 18 were seeking asylum in Germany.

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