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Cambodian police recover stolen Buddha relics

Published on Feb 7, 2014 12:43 PM

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian police have recovered a golden urn said to contain relics of Buddha after it was snatched from a mountain shrine, sparking a nationwide manhunt.

The disappearance of the urn - believed to contain hair, teeth and bones of Buddha - and several small statues came to light in December and prompted an outcry in the Buddhist-majority country.

The authorities said they found the relics during a raid on Thursday at a house in the southern province of Takeo, about 130km away from the shrine in the former royal city of Udong. "Everything is still in the urn," national police spokesman Kirt Chantharith told AFP.

A suspect was arrested following the raid, according to the website of the Cambodian National Police, which said the authorities were still hunting for the "mastermind" of the theft. Five guards at the shrine were also arrested in December.

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