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Nigerian woman says she was raped by fellow Nigerian asylum seekers in Cyprus

Nigerian woman reports being gang-raped by fellow Nigerians seeking asylum in Cyprus

A Nigerian woman has reported that she was allegedly gang-raped at the Pournara reception center for asylum seekers in Kokkinotrimithia, Cyprus.

The alleged sexual assault took place minutes after midnight on Tuesday, November 15, by five men also from Nigeria, police sources said.

The young woman had recently received a discharge document from the center since the examination of her documents is at an advanced stage.

The competent services are looking for accommodation for her because she can no longer continue to live in Pournara.

Investigations are ongoing and the five men who allegedly committed the crime are being questioned.

This is not the first time an asylum seeker in the overcrowded town of Pournara has reported being raped.

Police told Knews on Thursday, November 17 that no suspects have been identified in the case, adding that Kokkinotrimithia Police Station and CID Nicosia are investigating the allegations.

A doctor reportedly examined the accuser as police awaited the results to determine the course of their investigation.

All asylum seekers in the Republic of Cyprus are required to register at Pournara in order to lodge their migration documents at the camp, which was originally designed to accommodate asylum seekers for a maximum of 72 hours for initial checks and treatment.

Officials recently said that applicants complete all their paperwork before going out, but many end up returning due to unsuitable living conditions outside the camp or facing red tape to qualify for benefits. State.

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