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1 dies in clash at Kabul University, Kabul police say

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 24, 2012 at 11:45 a.m.

— Kabul Police said one person is dead in a clash at Kabul University where people were marking the Shiite holy day of Ashoura.

Gen. Mohammad Zahir, director of the criminal investigation division, said police are still trying to assess why the fight broke out Saturday afternoon, killing one student and injuring six others.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene said Shiite and Sunni students started fighting and by evening, several hundred more people joined the melee throwing stones at each other. The clash apparently was related to Ashoura, which commemorates the 7th century death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson.

Abdul Azim Nurbakhsh, a spokesman for the Ministry of Higher Education, said university classes have been postponed for 10 days.


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