(London Post) Authorities have conducted a massive raid in a Düsseldorf neighborhood, considered a hub for North African gangs. The raid comes soon after around 1,000 men molested and robbed women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.
Police looked for suspects in restaurants and eateries in the area around the city’s railway station, also known as the “Maghreb” neighborhood due to the high number of North Africans living there. According to a recent police report, around 2,200 suspected thieves from the region currently live in Düsseldorf.
Security forces in North Rhine Westphalia have come under pressure after criticism that they did little to prevent sexual assaults and robberies on New Year’s Eve in Cologne.
On that night, over a 1,000 men mainly suspected to be of North African and Arab origin sexually harassed and robbed hundreds of women at Cologne’s main railway station.
mg/sms (AFP, dpa)