29 Jan '11, 11pm

Looters broke into an Egypt museum and damaged several relics, even beheading 2 mummies

Looters broke into an Egypt museum and damaged several relics, even beheading 2 mummies

An Egyptian army soldier stands guard near antiquities of the Egyptian museum in Cairo, Egypt. -- PHOTO: AP CAIRO - LOOTERS broke into the Cairo museum housing the world's greatest collection of Pharaonic treasures, smashing several statues and damaging two mummies, while police battled anti-government protesters on the streets. Arabiya television showed soldiers, armed and in battle fatigues, patrolling the museum that houses tens of thousands of objects in its galleries and storerooms, including most of the King Tutankhamen collection. Display cases were shattered and several broken statues and porcelain figures lay on the floor. A number of display cases appeared to have been emptied of some of their contents during Friday night's break-in. Egypt's top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, told state television Egyptians on the street had tried to protect the building, but that t...

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Egyptian mummies damaged in robbery attempt

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