**UPDATED WITH STATEMENT FROM ADMINISTRATION**
Last modified: 09 March 2011 21:45
An AUC student has been seized on his way to campus from his home in 6th of October city early Wednesday.
Kamal El Leithy and his driver were pulled over to the side of the road by two white vans and abducted. They are being held for a ransom of EGP 1 million.
Vice President of Student Affairs Ashraf El Fiqi confirmed that the university was informed of the incident earlier today and has contacted the 6th of October police apparatus. El Fiqi added they could not yet verify that this was in fact a "kidnapping."
Regarding reports that the student was abducted by his driver, Hassan said that "people are making assupmtions and Kamal's father himself does not know for sure."
Professor Neda Kessas from the English Language Institute, who had taught El Leithy two semesters ago, expressed shock upon hearing the news and concern for his safety.
"I can only imagine what his parents are going through," she said. "I am very surprised that the University has not commented though and seems to be in denial that any of these incidents are happening."
The university administration issued a statement following the kidnapping incident late Wednesday urging members of the AUC community to remain vigilant, but reassuring staff and students that the situation is stable.
Although the university addressed safety and security in several emails, it refrained from acknowledging specific cases, including El Leithy's kidnapping.These attacks on members of the AUC community come amidst growing unrest throughout Egypt.
Over 10 people have been killed in clashes between Muslim and Coptic protesters March 8.
Violence also erupted between different factions in Tahrir Square. Hundreds have been injured throughout the capital over the past few days.