German state minister says foreigners behind Cologne violence

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 11, 2016 5:10 AM

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - People of foreign descent were responsible for virtually all of the violence on New Year's Eve in Cologne, a German state interior minister said on Monday, adding that this included migrants that arrived in Germany over the past year.

"Based on testimony from witnesses, the report from the Cologne police and descriptions by the federal police, it looks as if people with a migration background were almost exclusively responsible for the criminal acts," Ralf Jaeger, interior minister from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia told a special commission on the Cologne violence.

"All signs point to these being north Africans and people from the Arab world," he added. "Based on what we know now from the investigation, asylum seekers who arrived in the past year are among the suspects."

(Reporting by Matthias Inverardi; Writing by Noah Barkin)