CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's Interior Ministry said on Thursday that police had retrieved a bag belonging to murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni that was in the possession of a criminal gang who had been killed in a shootout.
Human rights groups have said torture marks on Regeni's body, which was dumped on the side of the road, indicated he died at the hands of security services, an allegation the government has strongly denied.
Regeni, 28, disappeared on Jan. 25, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that ended former president Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.
Regeni had written articles critical of the Egyptian government, the Italian newspaper that published them said.
The broken corpse of the Cambridge University student, who was researching the rise of independent labor unions following the 2011 revolt, was found in a ditch at the side of a motorway on Feb. 3.
Egyptian forensics and prosecution officials have said his body showed signs of torture and that he was killed by a blow with a sharp object to the back of the head.
(Reporting by Amina Ismail; Editing by Michael Georgy and Catherine Evans)