Jordan charges 15 with "terrorist acts" for university clashes

Published Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Jordanian military prosecutors on Wednesday charged 15 men, including students, with carrying out "terrorist acts" over clashes on a university campus that injured four people, a judicial official said.

"State security court prosecutors accused the suspects of carrying out terrorist acts and possessing automatic weapons with intent to use them illicitly," the official told AFP.

"They took part on Tuesday in a brawl in the al-Balqaa Applied University," he added in reference to the campus in Salat, a city northeast the capital Amman.

The suspects face life prison sentences if convicted.

The reasons behind the clash are still unclear as officials declined to give details.

Riot police fired tear gas on Tuesday to break up the fight and prevent people from outside the university from entering to take part.

Four people, including a woman, were injured, police said.

Violence occurs frequently at Jordanian universities, and sometimes spreads beyond campus grounds.

In April, armed clashes between students at the King Hussein bin Talal University in the southern city of Maan killed four people and wounded more than 25, provoking a public outcry and royal fury.

Jordan has faced sporadic street protests since 2011, demanding political and economic reform as well as a tougher fight against corruption.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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