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Sudan student dies after protests, activists say

KHARTOUM, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Sudanese protesters on Monday said a student had died from his injuries after being beaten by security forces who brutally broke up demonstrations inspired by protests in neighbouring Egypt.

Protests continued late into Sunday night as students in Khartoum University were beaten back and tear gassed in their dormitories with at least five injured, activists said, as Sudanese youth took to the streets.

Police and security forces surrounded universities in Khartoum and other cities on Monday, witnesses said.

“You are our martyr Mohamed Abdelrahman,” activists wrote on the social networking site Facebook, on a group called “Youth for Change” which has more than 16,000 members and calls for an end to President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s government.

Three activists told Reuters that Abdelrahman, a student from Omdurman Ahaliya University, died in hospital from his injuries late on Sunday night and had been buried. The university has been closed down indefinitely.

“Medical sources confirmed to us that the student died yesterday from his injuries inflicted by security forces,” Yasir Arman, a senior official with south Sudan’s main party the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), told Reuters. (Editing by Louise Ireland)