10 looters buried alive while illegally digging for artifacts

Published on March 13th, 2012 | by Admin


10 looters have been killed while illegally digging for treasures under a house in Luxor, Egypt.

Rescue services were working to recover the bodies, the official said, adding that two people were also injured in the incident.

Ambitions of making money quickly have incited many to turn to illegal archaeological digging, particularly in antiquities-rich locations such as Luxor, Aswan and Cairo.

“We have to work on many levels to stop these get-rich-quick schemes, where people are digging for an illusion,” Mansur Boreik, head of the Luxor antiquities department told AFP.

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