Far-right hooligans clash with police as they protest against Islamist extremism on October 26, 2014 in Cologne. AFP PHOTO/DPA/Thilo Schmilgen
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The German capital Berlin is scrambling to ban a planned rally against Islamists by neo-Nazis and self-styled soccer hooligans after rioting in Cologne in which 49 police officers were injured.Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the BfV, monitors neo-Nazis and the far left but does not currently keep watch on football hooligans, perceiving most as apolitical.Salafists advocate a puritanical form of Islam and the BfV says their numbers in Germany are rising, along with the number of potential recruits for ISIS.The BfV estimates that 450 people have travelled to the region from Germany to join radical jihadist forces.
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