Egypt museum gets back five stolen artifacts

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CAIRO: Troops and police have recovered five artifacts stolen from the Egyptian Museum during a revolt that toppled the country’s government, the antiquities council said on Sunday.

The council said in a statement that four bronze statues of ancient Egyptian deities and a bronze scepter stolen on Jan. 28 have been restored to the museum. Thirty-seven artifacts are still missing.

"Four of the recovered pieces were in good condition," the statement said, but one statue of a deity in the form of a ram was broken into pieces.

Robbers raided several warehouses around the country, including one in the Egyptian Museum, after an uprising that toppled longtime leader Hosni Mubarak gave way to looting and insecurity in the absence of the police.

An antiquities official said last week that 800 relics stolen by armed robbers from a warehouse east of Cairo were still missing.

Roughly 300 artifacts, which include pieces from Pharaonic, Roman and Islamic periods, were recovered, he said.

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