Van Gogh theft was 'inside job'

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The Independent Culture

The theft of a $50m (£30m) Vincent van Gogh painting from an Egyptian museum last month was an inside job, a minister claims.

The Interior Minister, Habib el-Adly, said the circumstances surrounding the theft of Poppy Flower from Cairo's Mahmoud Khalil Museum showed that the staff of the museum must have stolen it themselves or were involved in the theft.

"The lesson learned from the robbery is a severe one that forces the review of all security measures in the places that hold the treasures of Egyptian civilisation," Mr Adly told the state-run Al-Akhbar newspaper.