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Cairo University allows police on campus 'immediately'

Cairo University's board of deans decides to allow police back on campus after three explosions near its campus on Wednesday killed a senior police officer

Ahram Online , Thursday 3 Apr 2014
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Cairo University (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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Cairo University's board of deans decided on Thursday to allow police to be immediately stationed inside the university's campus, a day after three bombs killed a senior police officer near the university's gates and injured five others.

The board issued a statement pledging the university administration's full support to the police in ensuring security on and outside the campus.

The statement also implored students, teachers and employees to recognise the "exceptional" circumstances the university is experiencing and to respect the security procedures agreed upon.

Egyptian universities have become a hub for protests held by supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi amid a months-long government crackdown that has largely crippled their demonstrations elsewhere.

The near-daily protests in which pro-Morsi students rally against Egypt's interim authorities have often descended into violence, turning campuses into a flashpoint for clashes between riot police and students.

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