Grave robbers target bishops' tombs

Police officers inspect the vandalised graves in Nicosia yesterday. (AP)

Grave robbers in Cyprus have attacked the tombs of three archbishops, police on the island said yesterday, in a case which bore some similarity to one targeting a former president's remains last December. Under cover of darkness, the skeletal remains of two archbishops were removed and the tomb of a third prelate was opened. "The ossuaries are missing from the tombs of Archbishop Sophronis III and of Kyrillos II," a police spokesman said. The tomb of a third archbishop, Kyrillos III, was disturbed but the ossuary, a receptacle for human remains, was not removed.


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