Cairo - A student was shot dead in clashes between
supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed 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
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 14 August.
Morsi was ousted by the army on 3 July after mass protests
against his rule. The move set off some of the worst violence the country has
seen in decades and led to a government crackdown against the Muslim
Brotherhood in which thousands have been arrested.
The students organised the Azhar University protest to
demand the release of jailed student activists who were arrested after previous
clashes at the university.