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Protesting students torch university buildings

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A spokesman says a university in South Africa is being evacuated and the campus shut indefinitely after protesting students torched buildings, destroying the administration building.

North-West University spokesman Koos Degenaar said Thursday that an administration block that included a science center was burned down Wednesday night. Student protesters also burned the residence of a dormitory supervisor.

Degenaar said the university in South Africa's North West province would be shut indefinitely and students still in dorms were being evacuated.

Degenaar said the violence started after a Students Representatives Council meeting was disrupted by protesters. The situation quickly escalated as private security guards tried to disperse the crowd using tear gas and rubber bullets.

Images on social media showed students injured after clashes with police and private security.

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