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Cologne police chief 'relieved of duties' after NYE attacks

The chief of police in Cologne has been "relieved of his duties" after a series of violent attacks and sexual assaults in the city on New Year's Eve, Reuters reports, citing a state government source.

Cologne police chief Wolfgang Albers has been 'relieved of his duties' over his handling of the New Year's Eve attacks Credit: Reuters

Wolfgang Albers, aged 60, faced heavy criticism over his handling of the attacks, in which around 1,000 "foreign-looking" men mugged, threatened and assaulted women in the city centre as they rang in 2016.

He has reportedly now been told by state interior minister Ralf Jaeger that he would be given early retirement.

An official announcement is expected later today.

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Munich 'plot' shows Europe must be alert to threats in 2016

German police have defended restricting Munich's New Years Eve celebrations over intelligence that suggested a terrorist attack was imminent.

But while no attack occurred, the suggestion is that going into 2016 Europeans will need to get used to heightened security alerts.

Video report by ITV News correspondent Paul Davies.

Munich reopens railway stations after terror alert

Two railway stations in Munich have reopened after being evacuated over reports of a planned terror attack in the city involving several suicide bombers.

Police stand watch at Munich's main railway station Credit: Reuters

Police in the German city had warned of a "serious, imminent threat" and asked people to stay away from two railway stations in the city's Pasing neighborhood, including the city's main terminal.

Munich police president Hubertus Andrae said German authorities had been tipped off by a foreign intelligence service that Islamic State was planning attacks involving between five and seven suicide bombers, the German news agency dpa reported.

The city's police later tweeted to let people know the stations had reopened without incident, thanking the public for their cooperation.

No arrests have been reported.

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