January 2, 1995 in Nation/World

Police Bust Ring Of Antiques Thieves

Compiled From Wire Services

Police cracked an international ring of thieves that stole more than 2,000 priceless Pharaonic and Islamic pieces and replaced them with copies, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The al-Ahram newspaper said four Egyptian businessmen were arrested and freed on $3,000 bail each. The newspaper did not identify them.

Three foreigners, including an archaeology expert, have also been identified by police. Authorities want to extradite them to Egypt, al-Ahram said. Their nationalities were not immediately released.

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