The Tourism Police Investigation Department on Tuesday arrested a group of four people trading in rare and stolen archaeological artifacts.
Four pieces rarity of pharaonic sculptures made of granite and rare minerals were confiscated including a sculpture king, queen and god dating back to the first Meroe civilization. It was stolen from one of the archaeological tombs in the northern state.
Police sources confirmed the arrest of four members of the group after information was obtained about their activity in the region of Bahrri, after an ambush was set up that led to the arrests.
The sources said the initial investigation revealed that the gang was able to help others steal statues from one of the archaeological tombs in the northern state, for the purpose of selling to foreigners.
The tourism police confirmed it would not allow manipulation of the nation’s history and identity and will continue its insurance operations to protect the country’s antiquities.