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Duisburg police relieved of Love Parade investigation

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Duisburg police relieved of Love Parade investigation
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17:57 CEST+02:00
The Duisburg police have been stripped of the job of investigating the Love Parade tragedy in which 19 people were killed amid concerns they are conflicted because of their role in patrolling the disastrous event, authorities announced Monday.

The Interior Ministry in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia decided that the investigation should be taken over by police in Cologne, a spokesman for that city’s police department announced.

The spokesman declined to say why the Cologne police had been chosen rather than police in another city.

Click here for photos of the Love Parade tragedy.

While some media reports have said police warned city authorities and organisers before the event that the safety plan was inadequate, the Duisburg police are likely to face scrutiny themselves.

Survivors of the tunnel crush have claimed they warned police – in some cases more than 45 minutes before the situation turned deadly – that a problem was brewing but were brushed off.

The announcement that the investigation was being shifted came as authorities announced the number of people injured had risen to more than 500. As late as Monday afternoon, the whereabouts of around 1,000 people who may have been at the dance festival remained unknown.

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