More than half of the suspects identified by police investigating violence and sex assaults at Cologne’s New Year celebrations are asylum seekers, Germany’s interior ministry has confirmed.

Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate told a news conference federal police had identified 31 people suspected of playing a role in the violence, 18 of whom were in the process of seeking asylum in Germany.

Plate said the vast majority of the 32 criminal acts documented by federal police on the night were tied to theft and bodily injury.

Three were related to sexual assaults, although police had no names tied to these acts.

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