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Report: Egypt to detain 6 in pyramid case

A general view of the historical site of the Giza Pyramids, near Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

CAIRO: Egypt's state news agency says a prosecutor has ordered the detention of six people in connection to accusations that two German researchers took stone samples from the Great Pyramid.

Ali Al-Asfar, an official at the Antiquities Ministry, was quoted by MENA Tuesday as saying that the six - the head of a tour company that organized the Germans' visit, and archeologists, and guards that work near the pyramid- will be detained for 15 days during investigations.

The report did not mention the nationalities of the six. Following the accusations in November, the two Germans apologized to the Ministry and the Egyptian people, MENA said. Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim refused any sort of reconciliation.

Egypt has experienced a security vacuum since its 2011 uprising. Thousands of artifacts have been stolen.

 

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