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Cologne to set up “safe zone” during carnival to prevent repeat of NYE attacks

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Wary of a repeat of the attacks seen on New Year’s Eve, Cologne authorities plan to set up a “safe zone” for women during the annual carnival which begins next week. The Cologne carnival attracts more than one million people to its main parade each year, and city officials worry that large crowds could leave women vulnerable. To compensate, authorities will provide extra street lighting and set up a “safe zone” for women in the city center, staffed with social workers.

The news comes shortly after the announcement that two asylum-seekers from Algeria, allegedly brothers, had been identified as suspects in the New Year’s Eve attacks. The two men entered Germany last November, and despite their short time in the country are already known to police in connection with incidents that include pickpocketing and a fight. Some 30 men are being held in connection with theNew Year’s Eve attacks, but police warn they will face difficulty securing convictions. Cologne has no official CCTV cameras, so police are being forced to identify suspects using private footage from security cameras and mobile phones. Time stamps on the different cameras often do not match, making the footage hard to use as evidence in court.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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