Student shot dead at a Cairo university protest

By REUTERS
November 21, 2013 02:54

 
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CAIRO - A student was shot dead in clashes between supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and security forces at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, state newspaper al-Ahram reported on Thursday.

Security forces stormed into the university late on Wednesday, state news agency MENA reported, after they were called in to control the protesters who set fire to trees inside the campus.

The student was hit in the head by birdshot during the clashes and five other students were arrested, al-Ahram reported, adding that students threw rocks and bricks at security forces from behind the campus walls.

Supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood protest frequently at the university, which is in the same Cairo suburb as the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, scene of a pro-Morsi protest camp where thousands were killed when it was stormed by security forces on Aug. 14.

The students organized the Azhar University protest to demand the release of jailed student activists who were arrested after previous clashes at the university.

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