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Thursday, 7 January 2016
Cologne sex attacks: Women describe 'terrible' assaults
More than 100 women and girls have come forward with reports of sexual assault and robbery by gangs of men in the German city of Cologne on New Year's Eve.
Victims have described chaos outside the city's main station, as the men carried out dozens of attacks with little apparent response from the authorities.
Correspondents say the identification of the attackers as North African or Arab in appearance has caused alarm in Germany because of the influx of more than a million migrants and refugees in the past year.
Some of the women caught in the violence have begun speaking of their ordeal.
'Surrounded by 20 to 30 men'
Michelle told the BBC News how she and her friends became surrounded by between 20 and 30 men, who were speaking a foreign language.
"They grabbed our arms... pushed our clothes away, and tried to get between our legs or I don't know where.
"They got everything we had in our pockets."
She said German police needed to provide more protection for women and girls.
"We are all really shocked that something like this could happen, especially at an event like New Year's Eve."