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German police say 14 injured as Kurdish protesters clash with Islamic extremists in Hamburg

  • Police walk through the mist of a water cannon during clashes in Hamburg, northern Germany, Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2014. Police in the north German city of Hamburg said 14 people were injured overnight in clashes between Kurdish protesters and members of a hard-line Islamic movement. (AP Photo/dpa, Markus Scholz)

    Police walk through the mist of a water cannon during clashes in Hamburg, northern Germany, Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2014. Police in the north German city of Hamburg said 14 people were injured overnight in clashes between Kurdish protesters and members of a hard-line Islamic movement. (AP Photo/dpa, Markus Scholz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Masked youth stand in front of a mosque in Hamburg, northern Germany, Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2014. Police in the north German city of Hamburg said 14 people were injured overnight in clashes between Kurdish protesters and members of a hard-line Islamic movement. (AP Photo/dpa, Markus Scholz)

    Masked youth stand in front of a mosque in Hamburg, northern Germany, Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2014. Police in the north German city of Hamburg said 14 people were injured overnight in clashes between Kurdish protesters and members of a hard-line Islamic movement. (AP Photo/dpa, Markus Scholz)  (The Associated Press)

  • An injured protestor gets attention after clashes in Hamburg, northern Germany, Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2014. Police in the north German city of Hamburg said 14 people were injured overnight in clashes between Kurdish protesters and members of a hard-line Islamic movement. (AP Photo/dpa, Markus Scholz)

    An injured protestor gets attention after clashes in Hamburg, northern Germany, Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2014. Police in the north German city of Hamburg said 14 people were injured overnight in clashes between Kurdish protesters and members of a hard-line Islamic movement. (AP Photo/dpa, Markus Scholz)  (The Associated Press)

Police in the north German city of Hamburg say 14 people were injured overnight in clashes between Kurdish protesters and members of a hard-line Islamic movement.

Police spokeswoman Karina Sadowsky said Wednesday that the clashes happened after hundreds of Kurds held a protest against the Islamic State group. Similar protests took place throughout Europe on Tuesday by Kurds seeking to draw attention to Islamic State's onslaught against the Kurdish town of Kobane in northern Syria.

The violence erupted after a standoff between the protesters and members of a nearby mosque associated with the Salafist movement. Salafism is a strict interpretation of Islam, whose adherents are closely monitored by German security services.

Sadowsky says police used water cannons to break up the protest and arrested 22 people.