Violence rocks Cairo university,student killed,scores arrested

Protesters threw rocks at police and set tyres on fire to counter the teargas.

Written by Reuters | Cairo | Published: December 29, 2013 12:35:51 am

A student was killed Saturday and scores were arrested when supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with Egyptian police at the Cairo campus of Al-Azhar University,state media reported.

Shaimaa Mounir,a student activist,told Reuters the dead student was Khaled El-Haddad,a supporter of the Islamist movement.

State-run newspaper Al-Ahram said security forces fired teargas to disperse pro-Brotherhood students who were preventing their classmates from entering university buildings to take exams.

Protesters threw rocks at police and set tyres on fire to counter the teargas. Al-Ahram quoted a health ministry official as saying one student had been killed and five injured.

Police arrested 101 students for possession of makeshift weapons including petrol bombs,the state news agency reported. Calm had been restored,and scheduled exams went ahead after the morning clashes.

The Brotherhood condemned what it called a “violent crackdown on student protests”,saying deployment of security forces on campuses was an attempt to “silence any voice of opposition”.

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