World Bulletin/News Desk
A Mauritanian student was killed on Monday during confrontations between protesters and police after copies of the Quran – the Muslim holy book – were desecrated at a mosque in capital Nouakchott on Sunday.
According to a source from the "Student Initiative for Resisting Zionist Infiltration," the slain student died immediately after his arrival to the capital's National Hospital.
The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the slain student had been struck in the abdomen by a teargas canister fired by police as the latter attempted to disperse the protest.
Mauritanian police have yet to comment on the incident.
The streets of Nouakchott have been thrown into chaos since Sunday's Quran desecration incident.
According to the imam of the mosque where the incident took place, a masked man on Sunday got out of a car, entered the mosque, tore up copies of the Quran and threw them in a toilet before returning to the car and speeding off with three other people.
Mauritanian police opened an immediate investigation into the incident, cordoning off the mosque and preventing citizens from approaching it.
No groups or individuals have claimed responsibility for Sunday's incident.
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