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Egypt restores three smuggled artifacts

Egypt managed to restore from the US three artifacts that were smuggled almost 90 years ago.

The Egyptian General Consulate in New York was handed over the pieces in preparation for sending them back home.

The artifacts include parts of a mummy, a head and two hands, that were stolen from the Valley of the Kings in Luxor and smuggled in 1927, the head of the retrieved monuments department at the Antiquities Ministry said in statements on Tuesday.

Shaaban Abdel-Gawad said the antiquities trafficking unit of the US Attorney General's Office in New York seized the pieces while being displayed at an auction in Manhattan.

The US authorities had contacts with the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to take necessary measures to bring the the pieces back to Egypt, he added.

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