One student has been killed and a campus building set on fire during violence as police moved in to disperse students who were protesting inside an Islamic university in Cairo, Egyptian officials said.
Aya Fathy, a student spokeswoman, disputed the officials' claim. She said police first opened fire at the students who were on strike and protesting outside the faculty of commerce, killing Khaled el-Haddad, a student.
The officials confirmed the student was killed but blamed the students for the violence.
The al-Azhar students have been protesting for weeks against the ousting of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood - a group that authorities on Wednesday designated a terrorist organisation.