Another tore up his residence permit before the eyes of police, and told them: “You can’t do anything to me, I can get a new one tomorrow.”
A local newspaper reported that fifteen asylum-seekers from Syria and Afghanistan were briefly held by police on New Year's Eve in connection with the sex attacks but were released.
The Express newspaper quoted an unnamed police officer who said his squad had detained several people who had "only been in Germany for a few weeks. Of these people, 14 were from Syria and one was from Afghanistan. That's the truth. Although it hurts," he said.
January 7, 2016
"Leaked police report claims senior police officers feared fatalities and that one of those involved in attacks told officers: 'I am Syrian. You have to treat me kindly. Mrs Merkel invited me.'..."