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Myanmar Military Admits to Killing 10 Rohingya Found in Mass Grave

Myanmar Military Admits to Killing 10 Rohingya Found in Mass Grave

Security forces had been conducting a "clearance operation" in the area on Sept 1 when "200 Bengali terrorists attacked using sticks and swords", the military said in a statement posted on the Facebook page of its commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. It comes as two reporters for Reuters news agency face trial for receiving secret documents reportedly related to the massacre.

Asked about the admission on Wednesday by Myanmar's military that its security forces and Buddhist villagers killed 10 captured Rohingya during clashes a year ago, Suu Kyi stressed the importance of the rule of law and said the military will take responsibility.

"It is true that both the villagers and security forces admitted they killed the 10 Bengali terrorists", the military statement said.

The military refers to members of the Rohingya Muslim minority as "Bengalis", a term the Rohingya reject as implying they are illegal migrants from Bangladesh. The army, which is not under the control of the civilian government, launched a sweeping counteroffensive in northern Rakhine in response to Rohingya militant attacks on 25 August, triggering an exodus of more than 650,000 Rohingya villagers to Bangladesh.

Because of the troops' order to maintain stability in areas where terrorist attacks have continued, security forces chose to kill them with the assistance of about 10 villagers including U Maung Ni's sons, said the Tatmadaw statement.

Asked if the revelations about the killing at the village of Inn Din, about 50km north of the state capital Sittwe, could be a concern for refugees who are being asked to return, Suu Kyi said: "Some people might be afraid, but this is not something that has happened right now".

Angry ethnic Rakhine Buddhist villagers, who had lost relatives in militant attacks, wanted to kill the captives, and stabbed them after forcing them into a grave on the outskirts of the village.

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Although the Rohingya consider themselves an ethnic minority of Myanmar, numerous Buddhist majority consider them illegal foreigners from Bangladesh.

Four members of the security forces also opened fire.

Until now, however, security forces have denied any accusations of guilt.

The military statement claimed the killing of U Maung Ni by the terrorists and the continuing threat to ethnic people bred retaliatory attitudes, which eventually led the killings.

Amnesty International described the statement as "a sharp departure from the army's policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing".

Human rights groups have denounced systematic state sponsored violence against the religious group and ethnic minority, which includes mass murders, rape, laying landmines, and burning entire villages that has driven more than 655,000 Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh.


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