Police Bust Ring Of Antiques Thieves

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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