Egyptian security officials have confirmed that, on Wednesday, a bomb exploded outside the University of Cairo, the country’s largest and most prestigious higher education institution, injuring nine civilians.
The makeshift explosive device went off following clashes between students, who were protesting on the outskirts of the campus, and policemen. According the officials, who asked to remain anonymous, five of those nine injured were policemen and four were civilians.
Protests have become part of everyday life at Egyptian universities since Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was forced from power by the military in 2013. The school year began last month with several particularly violent clashes between students and police officials at a number of Egyptian universities.