Egypt’s undercover police behind museum looting, group claims

Egyptian security forces have been caught trying to loot priceless artifacts from the museum in Cairo and commit other acts of violence “in an attempt to stoke fear of instability,” a rights group claimed Tuesday.

Human Rights Watch emergency director Peter Bouckaert told The Washington Post that police identification cards were found on several wounded looters that broke in to Cairo’s Egyptian Museum.

Soon after the Egyptian police forces withdrew from the streets Friday, “people began to enter the museum,” Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt’s antiquities department, told Time Magazine.

Police identification cards were also found on other looters around Cairo and Egypt. Bouckaert implied that police forces may have been responsible for the escape of thousands of prisoners, describing it as “unexplainable.”

Over the past few days, Egyptians all around the country reported to Human Rights Watch that police were responsible for much the looting.

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