Senegal student’s death sparks fresh university clashes

Fresh clashes between protesters and police broke out at universities across Senegal on Wednesday, a day after a student was killed during a demonstration over late grant payments.

Second-year student Mohamed Fallou Sene, 25, was killed after police were called in to quell a protest at Gaston Berger University in the northern city of Saint-Louis on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Ibrahima Ndoye said Wednesday that an autopsy had found Sene “died from a gunshot wound”.

The prosecutor did not specify who fired the shot, but told a press conference that his investigation would wrap up no later than the end of the week.

The death sparked further protests on Wednesday near the University Cheikh Anta Diop in the capital Dakar, with students throwing stones at the police, who responded with tear gas, according to AFP journalists.

Tear gas was also deployed at demonstrations in the southern city of Ziguinchor, a police source told AFP. Several public buildings in the city were ransacked, local press reported.