Police and antiquities staff have foiled the theft of a valuable statue of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis from the Nubian Museum in Aswan.
Mahrous Saeed, Director General of Nubian Antiquities, said that the attempted theft occurred on Sunday afternoon, when the museum was closed for lunch.
Security cameras detected three people moving around inside the museum and attempting to remove a statue depicting goddess Isis breast-feeding her son Horus.
The incident was reported to the Tourism and Antiquities Police, who succeeded in securing the statue and identifying those responsible.
One of the suspects was arrested, but the other two escaped and are being sought by police.
Saeed said that two of the suspects were employees in the museum's administration department, while the identity of the third person is not known.
The Nubian Museum was inaugurated in 1997 to relate the history of Nubia, the area that stretches from Aswan in the north through to Sudan in the south.
The museum was designed as an innovative interpretation of traditional Nubian architecture, winning an Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2001.
The museum's content is organized along chronological lines, illustrating the development of the region from pre-history up to the present through art and artifacts.
In addition, the museum boasts life-size models showing traditional Nubian customs, as well as a permanent exhibit documenting international efforts, carried out during the construction of the Aswan Dam, to rescue the ancient monuments of Nubia from the waters of Lake Nasser.