Many more perpetrators were involved in New Year sex attacks in Cologne and other German cities than previously thought, a police inquiry has reportedly found.

Some 2,000 men were involved in the attacks, in which women were surrounded by mobs and sexually assaulted in the centre of Cologne and other cities, according to a draft of the police report leaked to German media.

More than 1,200 women were victims of the attacks. Only 120 suspects have been identified in police investigations.

“We have to assume many of these crimes will never be solved, even in the future,” Holger Münch, head of the Bundeskriminalamt, Germany’s federal criminal investigation authority, told Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

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