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Originally posted by Proteus33
....smuggled out of country to preserve them from being destroyed by radicals ...
Originally posted by highseer
I actually find this hard to believe.... As I remember, the Museum is one of the most massive, secure & guarded buildings in Egypt. Maybe it was an inside job ?? (Official Looting probably) .........
Van stolen from U.S. Embassy may have hit Cairo protesters
The statement noted that "a number of U.S. Embassy vehicles" were stolen on January 28, when Egyptian police abandoned their posts in droves around Cairo. Toner later clarified that 20 vehicles had been taken.
"Since these vehicles were stolen, we have heard reports of their use in violent and criminal acts," the statement said, alluding to the possibility that one might be the van shown on the YouTube video. "If true, we deplore these acts and perpetrators."
The U.S. release added, "We are certain that no embassy employees or diplomats were involved."
King Tut statue among missing Egypt treasures
Hawass earlier told CNN that "criminals" had broken into the museum on the night of January 28
Hawass said January 31 the intruders had vandalized statues and display cases and stolen jewelry from the museum gift shop.
A number of suspects were apprehended shortly after the break-in, some of them with antiquities in their possession, Hawass said.