GERMANY -- Police in Cologne did not want a repeat of last New Year's Eve's sexual assaults and took precautions.
Among other things, the Cologne police encircled and controlled a large group of suspicious persons at the main station, reports German Bild.
It is about 1000 people. Most of them are apparently of North African origin, Cologne police chief Jürgen Mathies said Saturday evening.
In addition, nearly 300 people were taken from a train at the Deutzer station. The Cologne police, which are in the city center with a total of 1500 officers, had even requested additional reinforcements, said Mathies.
"They are questioned by us and we will establish their identity. Nobody will go too soon," said Mathies.
Initially, the police spoke of some 150 men who looked like "the clientele of last year" and obviously did not know exactly where they wanted to go.
Those who were not able to identify themselves have been taken temporarily into custody.
After the attack on the Berlin Christmas market, concrete blocks had also been set up to prevent terrorists from driving trucks into the crowds.
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