Classes Suspended After Student Dies in Kabul University Clash

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Classes at Kabul University have been suspended for ten days after a clash among students on Saturday afternoon saw at least one student killed and several wounded.

Fighting broke out around 1:00 PM local time on the Islamic holy day of Ashura, observed by Shiite Muslims, apparently over religious differences between the Sunni and Shiite students.

Some reports say the Sunni students objected to the Shiite students on campus flagellating themselves as per the Ashura traditions.

Abdul Azim Noobakhsh, a spokesman for the Ministry of Higher Education said on Sunday, that around one hundred people were throwing stones, punching each other, and damaging university buildings.

Security forces managed to get the situation under control by the late Saturday evening, but classes were suspended by the Ministry of Higher Education as a precaution.

A spokesman for Kabul police said one student was killed and as many as 28 students were injured.

One of students told TOLOnews that others from outside the university were involved in the clash.

"There are the some hands from the outside the university and they incited the students," she said.

Noor bakash said there were no excuses.

"Students should know what is right or wrong," he said. "The students should be alert - there are those who will use this situation," alluding to the religious tensions between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

The clash happened as thousand of Afghans gathered in Kabul for Ashura, a commemoration of the death of the Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein at the hands of the caliph Yazid in 680 AD.

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