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Vehicle torched after hitting student at Al-Azhar

Students torched the vehicle, which was carrying state-owned Al-Akhbar newspapers, after it struck a colleague near the dormitories of Al-Azhar University in Cairo

Ahram Online, Tuesday 15 Apr 2014
Plain clothes policemen try to extinguish a police car
File Photo: Plain clothes policemen try to extinguish a police car set on fire by students of Al-Azhar University, who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Morsi, during clashes with riot police at the university's campus in Cairo's Nasr City district, March 30, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Al-Azhar University students have torched a vehicle after it ran over a student near their dormitories in Cairo's Nasr City.

The vehicle was carrying copies of Al-Akhbar newspaper, a state-owned publication, dormitory security head Samir Ageela told Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

Colleagues of the injured student gathered around the vehicle and set fire to the newspapers with a lighter.  

Ageela said he did not know the condition of the injured student because he was taken inside the dormitory by his colleagues.

Thirty percent of the vehicle was damaged by the flames, which were extinguished by dormitory workers.

Al-Azhar University, the highest seat of Sunni Islamic learning, has been the site of numerous protests since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Clashes have often broken out between pro-Morsi students and security forces at the university's campuses in Cairo and other cities.

In late March, students Ahmed Abdel-Hafez and Atta Ahmed were shot dead outside the university's dormitories.

The university's administration called for an urgent investigation into their deaths.

In February, the interim authorities issued a decree allowing security forces to enter campuses and granting university administrators the right to expel protesting students.

Since then, several students have been dismissed from various universities. 

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