[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.

Thousands of demonstrators from across Europe descended on the port city ahead of the summit, attended by Donald Trump and Theresa May.

[Photos] 76 police officers injured including two helicopter pilots blinded by laser during anti-G20 riots in Hamburg
Fires were started in the streets (Image: EPA)
Water cannons were used to fight off protesters after officers were pelted with bottles and cars were set on fire.

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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