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PICS: Leftist Torch German Police Vehicles in Hamburg Anti-G20 Protest

BERLIN (AP) — Leftist protesters are claiming responsibility for torching a half dozen police transport vehicles in Hamburg ahead of this year’s G-20 summit in Germany.

In a message on a leftist forum online, an anonymous poster wrote the attack was meant to “heat up the days before the summit,” the dpa news agency reported Tuesday.

Four police transport vans were completely destroyed in the attack early Monday morning, and two others were damaged.

The G-20 summit is planned for July 7 and 8 in Hamburg, bringing together the leaders of the world’s top industrial and developing nations, including U.S. President Donald Trump.

Authorities are already warning that in addition to large peaceful protests, violent demonstrations are anticipated.

A firefighter tries to extinguish burning police vehicles in Hamburg, Germany. Anti-G20 protesters have claimed responsibility for torching a half dozen police transport vehicles at a lot in Hamburg. In a message on a leftist forum online, an anonymous poster wrote the attack was meant to “heat up the days before the summit,” the dpa news agency reported Tuesday March 28, 2017. (Mucahid Guler/dpa via AP)

In this March 27, 2017 photo, destroyed police cars stand at a police station in Hamburg, Germany. (Christian Charisius/dpa via AP)

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