13 Feb '11, 11am

Several major pieces have been stolen from the Egyptian museum.

Several major pieces have been stolen from the Egyptian museum.

FOUNDED in 1858 by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, the museum contains more than 100,000 Egyptian artefacts, including the world renowned - and reputedly cursed - treasures from King Tutankhamun's tomb. The best known artefact is the teenage monarch's gold funerary mask, which stares out from a case on the first floor of the museum. Mr Hawass said an investigation has been launched to find those behind the theft. 'The police and army plan to follow up with the criminals already in custody,' he added. The museum was protected by army tanks and for a while by a cordon of citizen volunteers during nearly three weeks of anti-government rallies that ousted president Hosni Mubarak and left at least 300 dead. -- AFP

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