Three Syrian teenagers have been arrested for an attack on a girl at a swimming pool in Germany, as the country grapples with growing concerns about sex crimes perpetrated by asylum seekers.

The three boys are alleged to have surrounded the 17-year-old girl in the pool before one of them groped her underneath her swimming costume, in an offence deemed rape under local law.

When the girl’s sister, 14, tried to make them stop, she too was groped by the trio of teenagers, who were all aged under 15.

The girls managed to flee and raise the alarm with the lifeguard at the swimming pool, who called police.

Because the asylum seekers were only 15, they were not remanded in custody and were released, and will be prosecuted under juvenile law.

The main offender’s two friends were arrested for assault for taking part in the attack.

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Meanwhile, German police also claim to have solved another sex attack, this time concerning the rape and attempted murder of a 24-year-old woman on Christmas Eve after tracing DNA to a man in a nearby asylum home.

The alleged attacker, aged 20 and from Morocco, had been previously arrested for theft in Dusseldorf where a sample had been taken that allowed him to be identified as the rapist who attacked the young woman outside a cemetery in Gelsenkirchen.

The attacker approached her from behind and beat her unconscious before dragging her into the cemetery to rape her.

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Police said that the man would also face attempted murder charges because the injuries the woman received were so severe that she almost died.

Police also confirmed that they have solved another sex attack, this time on a 15-year-old girl involving an unregistered asylum seeker who had been given accommodation in Burghausen.

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