Egypt amends 'terror' law after university bombing

Cairo University on Thursday approved the deployment of police on campus for the first time in four years, one day after three bombs went off outside the university, one of which killed a high-ranking police officer.

Egypt amends 'terror' law after university bombing

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The Egyptian government on Thursday amended the country's Penal Code to introduce stricter penalties for terrorist crimes, a day after three bomb blasts outside the Cairo University.

In a statement, the government said that the amendments will be referred to interim President Adly Mansour for approval.

The government statement, however, did not give further details about the amendments.

The move came one day after a senior police officer was killed and five others were injured in three bombings outside the Cairo University.

Egypt has been dogged by instability since the army unseated elected president Mohamed Morsi last summer following massive protests against his administration.

Egypt's army-backed authorities blame the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi's group, for the recent violence – an allegation the group strenuously denies.

Cairo University to allow police on campus

Cairo University on Thursday approved the deployment of police on campus for the first time in four years, one day after three bombs went off outside the university.

"These bombings constitute a threat to the university, professors, students and workers," the university administration said in a statement.

The university responded by saying that it would "equip all administrative security personnel with whatever they needed to carry out their role securing the university in cooperation with police on campus."

University Deputy President Ezzeldine Abu Steit said the decision would be put into effect next week.

"We will coordinate with the Giza Security Directorate regarding the number of troops to be deployed on campus," Abu Steit told Anadolu Agency.

The police campus deployment will be the first since 2010, when an Egyptian court banned the presence of police on university campuses.

Following the court ruling, unarmed guards were tasked with securing university campuses. But they have been largely unable to quell an ongoing wave of student demonstrations that have rocked several universities since the beginning of the current school year.

Egypt universities see low attendance after bombings

Student attendance at Cairo University was noticeably lower on Thursday and security was stepped up in and around the campus, where bomb-disposal experts continued to comb the area and university guards searched students and vehicles upon entry.

Prompted by Wednesday's triple bombings, other universities also saw low student turnout.

"Students are afraid the bombings will be repeated on other campuses as well," said one student at eastern Cairo's Ain Shams University, who refrained from giving his name.

He called for stricter searches at the universities' entrances following Wednesday's Cairo University bombings.

A shadowy group has since claimed responsibility for the bombings. In a statement on Twitter, the "Agnad Masr" ("Egypt's soldiers") group said the attacks were in response to "the arrest and harassment of our women and girls."

Last Mod: 04 Nisan 2014, 09:58
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