Hunt is on for treasures looted in Libyan uprising

30 Oct 2011 2:56 PM | Anonymous

Hunt is on for treasures looted in Libyan uprising
Reuters October 30, 2011

BENGHAZI, Libya undefined Pieces from a huge collection of priceless ancient coins, jewelry and statuettes, looted from a bank vault in eastern Libya in the chaos of the rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi, have appeared in the local souk and are being taken abroad.

The cache of some 8,000 pieces was taken by thieves who chiseled into a concrete bank vault in Benghazi in the early days of revolutionary tumult after fire spread from an adjacent headquarters of the feared secret police.

Residents of the seaside neighborhood say the bank was invaded by looters in February, when Benghazi rose up against Gaddafi's rule and triggered a revolt that spread nationwide.

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