Federal Security Service chief Hans-Georg Maaßen has warned Germany could see confrontations between Salafists and people drawn to right-wing, xenophobic politics.

"We can see a quickly rising number of Salafists and simultaneously a worrying reinforcement of xenophobic activities," Maaßen said.

Maaßen was speaking in the wake of a demonstration by over 15,000 people under the banner of "People Against the Islamization of the Occident" (Pegida) in Dresden on Monday night, an increase of 5,000 participants on last week's protest.

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