German official says 18 asylum seekers among Cologne attack suspects

January 9, 2016 8:33 AM

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German official says 18 asylum seekers among Cologne attack suspects

Separately, Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate told a news conference that federal police had identified 31 people suspected of playing a role in the violence, 18 of whom were in the process of seeking asylum in Germany.

"As of yesterday, the federal police had determined there were 32 criminal acts on the night, with 31 suspects whose names are known," Plate said. "Eighteen had asylum-seeker status."

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