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Egypt to Form Special Force to Protect Antiquities
A wooden statue of Tutankhamun, right, the gilded bronze and wooden trumpet of Tutankhamun and a part of Tutankhamun's fan, left, three of four objects that were missing and returned, are displayed during a press conference in the office of Egypt's Minister of State for Antiquities Zahi Hawass, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Hawass said a special police force will be set up to protect archaeological sites and museums around the country, following a wave of vandalism and looting.AP Photo/Khalil Hamra.


CAIRO (AP).- Egypt's minister of antiquities says a special police force will be set up to protect archaeological sites and museums around the country, following a wave of vandalism and looting.

Zahi Hawass told reporters Tuesday that authorities have been unable to protect antiquities because police personnel guarding the ancient sites were not armed.

He also announced the retrieval of four artifacts of the 37 looted from the Egyptian Museum during the weeks of protest that eventually ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

The artifacts belonged to the world famous King Tutankhamun collection.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.





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