Ain Shams University cancelled all oral and practical exams for the Faculty of Engineering, evacuating the faculty of students after the morning written exams in anticipation of protests against the killing of a faculty student.
Heavy security measurements were taken Saturday inside and outside campus as security forces made sure no students were allowed in after the morning written exams for the fourth grade students.
Student movements called for students to gather on Saturday morning to perform a prayer mourning their colleague Islam Salah Al-Din Atitu, who was found dead on a desert road near the Fifth Settlement district on Wednesday morning, and to demand that the faculty administration release evidence of what happened on Tuesday.
According to a student statement, Atitu was on campus Tuesday morning taking an exam, when an unidentified man, accompanied by a university staff member, went into the exam room and requested that Atitu accompany him to the student affairs office.
For the rest of Tuesday, family and friends did not know of Atitu’s whereabouts until family members found his dead body on a desert road near the Fifth Settlement.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Interior said, in an official statement, that Atitu was killed after clashes and a chase by security forces. The ministry also accused the student of killing police officer Wael Tahoon.
Homeland Security Colonel Tahoon was shot dead in his car in April by unknown assailants in front of his house in the district of Ain Shams.
Students resigned from the Ain Shams University Student Union, while the faculty of the School of Engineering cancelled exams on Wednesday and Thursday following the killing of Atitu.