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Three Students Killed in University Riots

May 15, 1986

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Protesting students clashed with police today at Yarmouk University in Irbid, and three students were killed and 18 policemen were wounded, an Interior Ministry official said.

The official said several students and a teacher also were injured. He did not say how the deaths or injuries occurred, but said the students attacked police with stones and bottles and that several ″instigators″ were arrested.

The violence in Irbid, a town in northern Jordan, began when unarmed police stormed into the campus to prevent rioting students from breaking windows, doors and desks, said the Interior Ministry official.

The official, as is provided under government regulations in Jordan, spoke on condition of anonymity.

He said the protest apparently was triggered by a tuition increase for engineering students. The students also were protesting the expulsion of 32 students who took part in demonstrations two weeks ago.

The dead students - two women and a man - were identified as Maha Mohammed Kassem, Marwa Taher Alsheih and Ibrahim Mohammed Mahmoud Hamdan.

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