Teenage victim of Cologne ‘African and Arab’ sex mob attack reveals how she and her friends were surrounded by 30 men and groped, as officials admit the city is a ‘no-go’ area for women
- Two more Cologne victims describe being sexually assaulted and attacked
- One, Jenny, suffered severe burns when a firework was shoved in her hood
- Similar attacks also occurred on New Year’s Eve in Hamburg and Stuttgart
- Police have admitted they fear it was part of a known criminal enterprise
- Fear it was a professional gang who sexually assault women as distraction
- Cologne town centre has been called a ‘no-go area’ by its own city council
- There are now fears the upcoming carnival will be scene of similar assaults
Police fear the violence in Cologne may be linked to a known criminal gang who use sexual assault as a means of distraction, as more than 100 women have so far reported being assaulted.
Two more victims have spoken out today on German TV, after they were sexually assaulted and attacked with fireworks during the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.
One woman, known only as Jenny, suffered serious burns when a firework was shoved into the hood she was wearing.
‘I heard a sizzling sound in my hood,’ said Jenny. ‘I somehow tried to get the firecracker out of the hood. Then it fell into my jacket and burned everything.’
She added: ‘The scars will be permanent. I was lucky that it didn’t explode.’
Police say the wave of attacks were perpetrated by groups of ‘Arab or North African’ men in the city centre, in what they described as a ‘new dimension in crime’.
Another distressed victim, who did not want to be identified, told Euronews: ‘We were fondled, I was groped between my legs. My friends were also fondled. My boyfriend tried to pull me away. There was quite a big group of people, maybe thirty or forty,’
But Cologne’s mayor Henriette Reker has insisted that there is no evidence the men involved in the attacks were refugees.
‘There are no indications that there are people involved here who have received accommodation here in Cologne as refugees,’ she told a press conference.
Police in Dusseldorf, which is 25 miles away from Cologne, are concerned the attacks are linked to a criminal gang comprising of 2,000 North African men, who sexually assault women as a distraction before stealing their possessions.
One of the first victim’s to speak out, an 18-year-old named only as Michelle, described being surrounded by a group of 30 ‘angry’ men who groped her and her friends then stole their belongings as they fled.
Witnesses and police have described men working in ‘coordinated’ groups to grope women who were unable to escape, while two women reported they were raped.
Michelle’s shocking testimony comes as the city’s own council today admitted its town centre was now a ‘no-go area’ for women, while it has emerged similar attacks occurred the same night across Hamburg and Stuttgart.
And while German media and authorities stand accused of covering up previous incidents to avoid stoking tensions, there are fears the upcoming carnival celebrations in Cologne will see a repeat of the brazen attacks.
Both Cologne’s police chief and Germany’s
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