1 student killed, dozens are arrested as Egypt police clash with Islamists
By Haitham El-tabei, AFP
December 29, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
CAIRO--A student was killed and more than 100 arrested as police clashed with students who set fire to Cairo University building on Saturday, in an intensifying crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, officials said.
The unrest followed nationwide repression of Islamist protests on Friday after the military-installed government listed the Brotherhood, the movement of deposed president Mohammed Morsi, as a terrorist organization.
A hospital official said a 19-year-old student was shot dead in the clashes at the Al-Azhar University campus, where pro-Morsi students have regularly staged protests since his overthrow by the army in July.
The students entered the commerce faculty during an exam and set it alight, before police burst into the campus and fired tear gas.
A police official said 101 of the students were arrested after the fire on the first two floors of the building was brought under control.
The violence comes a day after five people were killed in clashes across Egypt, according to a health ministry tally on Saturday, as police stamped out Brotherhood demonstrations.
The interior ministry said 265 protesters were arrested.
Police also fired tear gas at students in Zagazig University north of Cairo on Saturday, security officials said.
And elsewhere in Cairo, police said they defused a bomb found on a bus days after four people were wounded when an explosive went off next to another bus.
The military-installed government has banned protests by Brotherhood members demanding Morsi's reinstatement, after listing the Islamist movement as a terrorist organization this week.
The designation carries harsh penalties, with Brotherhood leaders facing possible death sentences and protesters looking at up to five years in prison.
The movement has held near-daily protests since the military ousted Morsi on July 3, despite a crackdown that has killed more than 1,000 people, mainly Islamists, and imprisoned thousands.
It was listed as a terrorist group in a drastic escalation of the months-long crackdown after a suicide bombing killed 15 people in police headquarters north of Cairo on Tuesday.
The attack was claimed by an al-Qaida-inspired group that has led attacks on the military and police and in the restive Sinai Peninsula, and denounced by the Brotherhood.