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53-year-old newspaper deliveryman was assaulted at gunpoint Tuesday night during an attempted mugging by four men described as speaking American-accented English, according to police in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

The victim, a German, told authorities that three white men and one black man approached him in the pedestrian zone of the Oberstein section of town near a cluster of bars and clubs. The men demanded money, and one pulled a gun on the victim, according to police.

While the suspects were described as Americans, police could not say with any certainty whether the alleged attackers were soldiers. Idar-Oberstein, about a 15-minute drive from Baumholder, is a popular nighttime hangout for some soldiers.

The deliveryman was assaulted after telling them he had no money and sustained minor injuries, police said. No gunshots were fired, and the suspects fled on foot.

The incident was reported to Baumholder military police on Wednesday. But the report included little information other than the suspects were thought to be Americans.

At this time, there is no case, according to the Baumholder public affairs office. Without any concrete information, there is nothing for the MPs to investigate, said Ignacio Rubalcava, a garrison spokesman.

If more information becomes available, MPs will work with German authorities to investigate the incident, Rubalcava said.

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John covers U.S. military activities across Europe and Africa. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, he previously worked for newspapers in New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.

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