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An Egyptian university student was killed in Cairo when members and supporters of the radical Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, attacked campus police and torched university buildings on Saturday, according to Moshe Meinheim, an expert on Middle East terrorist groups.

Egyptian news organizations are blaming the student protesters for large fires set in two buildings on the campus of Cairo's al-Azhar University. Last week the Muslim Brotherhood was officially designated a "terrorist organization" and banned by the Egyptian government.

The deadly conflict between the Brotherhood and the Egyptian government began just after Egypt's military ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who is a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi was deposed and then arrested in July.

The campus fires, which were ignited on Saturday morning, were finally brought under control in the afternoon by campus security police who had to fight the fire while attempting to quell the riot. However, examinations for several classes were rescheduled for a later date by school officials.

While the Egyptian police claimed they arrested more than 100 protesters on campus, a spokesman for the Brotherhood claims that police officials are "fabricating" the charges against the accused rioters and arsonists.

The Brotherhood, which had been banned since September from all public activities, was designated a terrorist group on Christmas Day after the group allegedly detonated a suicide bomb at police headquarters, according to an Examiner news story.

The reality of the Muslim Brotherhood appears to clash with the Obama administration's depiction of the group being a "moderate" Islamic organization, especially with the adulating statements of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her underlings such as Susan Rice.

While government officials accused the Brotherhood of attacking the police headquarters in the Nile Delta, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood denied they were responsible for the attack on cops in their headquarters.

Brotherhood members, including its leadership, were rounded up on Thursday after a bomb blast struck a passenger bus in Cairo that left five civilians seriously wounded.

Another three victims were killed by police who were fighting Brotherhood supporters in several parts of Cairo's metropolitan area.

Al-Azhar is one of the most important centers for Sunni Muslim students in Egypt. Its campus is frequently the scene of civil unrest and rioting against police and security forces by the Sunni Islamists students and faculty.



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