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Egyptian student dies in university protest

Published 28/12/2013 | 18:25

Al-Azhar University student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Morsi make the four-finger Rabaa gesture as they hold tear gas canisters during clashes with riot police and residents of the area at the Al-Azhar University campus in Cairo's Nasr City district December 28, 2013. One student was killed on 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. The "Rabaa" or "four" gesture is in reference to the police clearing of the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp on August 14. REUTERS/Stringer (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION CIVIL UNREST)
Al-Azhar University student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

One student has been killed and a campus building set on fire during violence as police moved in to disperse students who were protesting inside an Islamic university in Cairo, Egyptian officials said.

Aya Fathy, a student spokeswoman, disputed the officials' claim. She said police first opened fire at the students who were on strike and protesting outside the faculty of commerce, killing Khaled el-Haddad, a student.

The officials confirmed the student was killed but blamed the students for the violence.

The al-Azhar students have been protesting for weeks against the ousting of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood - a group that authorities on Wednesday designated a terrorist organisation.

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