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The Latest: 2 Refugees Beaten with Baseball Bats in Germany

The Latest: 2 Refugees Beaten with Baseball Bats in Germany

Sunday, 01 November 2015 07:02 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety flood into Europe in search of a new life. All times local.

1:20 p.m.

Police say two Syrian asylum seekers were beaten with baseball bats by several masked attackers in the eastern German town of Wismar on the Baltic Sea.

Police in nearby Rostock said Sunday that the Syrian men, who were not identified, were standing outside their shelter on Saturday night when the group started harassing and beating them. The attackers then fled and the two asylum seekers had to be taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries.

Police have not been able to track down or identify the attackers yet and did not say how many people were involved in the attack.

Attacks against asylum-seekers and migrant shelters have increased sharply in Germany in recent months as refugees surge into Europe.

12:55 p.m.

Greek authorities say 11 more people have drown on the dangerous crossing from Turkey to Greece after a boat carrying nearly 30 refugees sank in heavy seas near the eastern island of Samos.

A Greek Coast Guard spokeswoman says the victims Sunday include five women, four babies and two children. Fifteen other passengers have been rescued and there's an ongoing search for "one or two missing."

All but one of the victims were retrieved from the sunken 6-meter (20-foot) plastic boat, which lies in waters 3 meters (10 feet) deep just 20 meters (yards) off the Greek island's rocky coast.

Winds of up to 50 kph (31 mph) have been hitting the area.

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