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Student stabs colleague to death at Mutah university

By Rana Husseini - Dec 10,2012 - Last updated at Dec 10,2012

AMMAN — A second-year Mutah University student was stabbed to death on Monday, reportedly by a senior colleague over a personal dispute, official sources said.

The student died on the operating table at a government hospital in the southern city of Karak, some 130 kilometres south of Amman, a senior official source told The Jordan Times. 

The victim was a sports major, while the alleged perpetrator of the crime was in the graduation year at the faculty of engineering, according to the source.

“The two students were drinking coffee at a shop next to the university when a heated argument erupted,” a second source told The Jordan Times.

The suspect allegedly “stabbed the victim twice in the chest and heart” with a switchblade, the source added.

A postmortem conducted by a team of government pathologists headed by Iwad Tarawneh established that the student died of a fatal stab wound to the heart, a medical source told The Jordan Times, adding that the second wound to the chest was superficial.

Waleed Rawadieh, director of the Mutah University public relations department, told The Jordan Times that the administration is investigating the incident, adding that classes are being held on schedule.

“It is a sad incident and the parents of both students have been notified,” Rawadieh said.

He added that the student walked back to the university after he was stabbed and the healthcare centre administered first aid before rushing him to the hospital where he died during surgery.

Meanwhile, the engineering student turned himself in to the police, according to Rawadieh.

Established in 1981, Mutah University has around 20,000 students registered in its 13 colleges and 49 departments this year, he noted.  

“There are guards at the gates searching students who enter our campus, but it seems the suspect managed to smuggle in the switchblade,” Rawadieh added. 

In July this year, over 50 Mutah University students belonging to two tribes were involved in brawl, which turned into three days of rioting that resulted in damage to the university premises.

The students used guns, knives and stones during the July riots during which seven students were injured and a professor was stabbed.

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