Police general killed, four injured in explosion before Cairo University
Location of bomb detonated in front of the main gate of the Cairo University in Nahda square - YOUM7/Khaled Kamel

CAIRO: A police general was killed and four others injured, including an elderly woman and two police officers, in an explosion after a bomb detonated in front of Cairo University’s main gate in Nahda Square Wednesday afternoon, security sources told The Cairo Post.

Additional security forces were deployed in the vicinity of the square, which was the location of one of the two sit-ins staged by the Muslim Brotherhood in August 2013 protesting the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

The forces combed the area in anticipation of other bombs and placed barricades around the scene of the explosion.

Since the second day of the academic year on Oct. 12, protests have been staged inside many campuses including Cairo, Al-Azhar and Ain Shams universities, protesting the new restrictions that were imposed by the Higher Ministry of Education.

Students have called for the release of their detained students who were arrested last year and against the dismissing of some students.

The explosion coincides with a press conference scheduled to be held Wednesday between the ministries of interior and high education on recent campus violence.

A bomb detonated outside Cairo University in early April, killing one and injuring six. Terrorist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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