Last Updated: Thu Feb 23, 2012 07:01 am (KSA) 04:01 am (GMT)

Mauritania’s police, students clash over Islamic classes

On January 2012, Mauritania’s police stormed the Institute of Islamic Studies and arrested at least five people who were protesting over an announcement that the institute will be closed. (File Photo)
On January 2012, Mauritania’s police stormed the Institute of Islamic Studies and arrested at least five people who were protesting over an announcement that the institute will be closed. (File Photo)

Mauritanian police fired tear gas Wednesday to disperse rock-throwing students who were demanding classes resume at an Islamic institution.

About a dozen people were wounded in the clashes which went on for three hours, and two dozen were arrested, said student sources.

Police was not immediately available to confirm the figures.

The student protestors were calling on the Higher Institute for Islamic Studies to resume classes which have been halted this year.

Protestors had organized a sit-in in the institute and were planning a “peaceful march” toward the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, but police arrived to disperse the group as they left the institute, starting the clashes.

Mauritania, a vast desert country in west Africa, is populated by mostly Sunni Muslims.

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