Now ISIS clashes spread across Europe: Riot police separate hundreds of Kurds and Islamist supporters in Germany after at least nine are killed in protests in Turkey
Kurdish protesters confronted Salafist Muslims outside a mosque
Both sides came armed with iron bars, machetes and sharp objects
Police say 14 people were injured before they could quell disturbance
Tear gas fired in Ankara and Istanbul after demonstrations erupt there
Activists are demanding more support for Kurdish fighters in Kobane
Protests spread across Europe and saw demos in Germany and France
Ethnic Kurds clashed overnight with alleged members of a hardline Islamist movement in Hamburg last night, as ISIS clashes spread far from Syria.
Police in the northern German city say 14 people were injured overnight in the violence involving hundreds of demonstrators before riot police were able to quell the disturbance.
Police spokesman Karina Sadowsky said this morning that fighting began after hundreds of Kurds held a protest against the Islamic State group.
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Similar protests took place throughout Europe on Tuesday by Kurds seeking to draw attention to Islamic State’s onslaught against the Kurdish town of Kobani in northern Syria.
The violence erupted after a standoff between the protesters, rumoured online to be supporters of the PKK, and members of a nearby mosque associated with the Salafist movement – a strict interpretation of Islam backed and funded by the Saudi regime.
Local media reported that some demonstrators came armed with iron bars and machetes. Sadowsky says police used water cannons to break up the protest, and arrested 22 people.
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