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[Photos] 76 police officers injured including two helicopter pilots blinded by laser during anti-G20 riots in Hamburg

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Mirror Reports: Hamburg descended into violent chaos on Thursday night as anti-G20 protesters continued to clash with police.

Hamburg Police confirmed 76 officers had been injured in the violence.

[Photos] 76 police officers injured including two helicopter pilots blinded by laser during anti-G20 riots in Hamburg
The anti-G20 demonstrations turned violent (Image: REUTERS)
Two pilots of the ‘Libelle 2’ police helicopter were blinded by lasers shone at them from the ground.

Another officer was hospitalised with an eye injury after a firework exploded in his face.

[Photos] 76 police officers injured including two helicopter pilots blinded by laser during anti-G20 riots in Hamburg
Protesters clashed with police (Image: Getty Images Europe)
Police claimed up to 8,000 extremists, some armed with home-made weapons, are targeting the summit, which is surrounded by a ring of steel.

Donald Trump arrived in Hamburg this afternoon to meet with Angela Merkel for a summit sidelines meeting.

About 20,000 officers are on duty over the weekend protecting 6,500 leaders, officials, journalists and other guests.

Police were investigating whether militants targeted a luxury car showroom in the city on Thursday night.

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[Photos] 76 police officers injured including two helicopter pilots blinded by laser during anti-G20 riots in Hamburg
Police in riot gear faced down armed protesters (Image: Getty Images Europe)
[Photos] 76 police officers injured including two helicopter pilots blinded by laser during anti-G20 riots in Hamburg
The rally was dubbed “Welcome to Hell” (Image: AFP)

Protesters stand near a burning barricade (Image: REUTERS)

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