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Student killed in Egypt university clashes

Egyptian students walk past soldiers standing guard in armored personnel carriers in the street in front of Cairo University during clashes following a demonstration outside the university on April 14, 2014 in the Egyptian capital. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

CAIRO: A student was shot dead Monday during clashes between supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammad Morsi and police in Cairo University, security officials said.

Clashes erupted when student supporters of Morsi staged protests on university grounds, the officials said, adding that police fired tear gas at from outside the campus and arrested 13 demonstrators.

Clashes were also reported in the University of Zagazig, north of Cairo, where three students were wounded and three were arrested.

Student backers of Morsi have regularly protested on university campuses as a police crackdown on the ousted leader's supporters has weakened their ability to stage large street protests.

A journalist was wounded while covering the clashes in Cairo University, his employer and witnesses said.

Youm 7, an independent newspaper, said Khaled Hussein was shot in the chest.

A woman journalist was shot dead in Cairo on March 28 when police clashed with Islamists protesting against ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's presidency bid.

Sisi overthrew Morsi in July after massive street protests demanding the Islamist leader's resignation.

The former army chief is now running for president and is widely expected to win.

 

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