Buddha relics stolen from Cambodian shrine: Police
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian police on Sunday said they were searching for a golden urn said to contain relics of the Buddha - including hair, teeth and bones - after it was stolen from a shrine.
The theft of several small statues and the urn from a mountain shrine in the former royal city of Udong was discovered on Tuesday, according to national police spokesman Kirt Chantharith.
The relics are "very important" to Cambodians - the vast majority of whom are devout Buddhists, he added.
"Ninety percent of our people follow Buddhism and respect the Buddha and the remains are those of the Buddha," Kirt Chantharith said.