Mummy-smuggling attempt foiled by Egyptian authorities
The remains were discovered by an X-ray monitor at the airport, the antiquities ministry said in a Facebook post. (Ministry of Antiquities Facebook page)
Amanda Coletta, CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Sunday, February 24, 2019 1:27PM EST
An attempt to smuggle parts of two mummies in a speaker packed in the luggage of a Belgium-bound passenger has been foiled, according to customs authorities at the Cairo International Airport and Egypt’s antiquities ministry.
The remains – two feet, two legs, the lower part of a left hand, an arm and part of a torso – were discovered by an X-ray monitor at the airport, the antiquities ministry said in a Facebook post.
Officials from an archeological committee examined the remains and confirmed their authenticity, before confiscating them and sending them to an Egyptian museum where they will be restored.