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Mass grave of Hindus found, claims Myanmar army – Newspaper

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YANGON: Myanmar’s military mentioned on Sunday it had found a mass grave containing the our bodies of 28 Hindus, together with ladies and kids, in Rakhine state, blaming the killings on Muslim Rohingya militants.

Hundreds of Hindus have fled villages the place they as soon as lived alongside Muslims, alleging that they had been focused by militants whose Aug 25 raids plunged Rakhine into communal violence.

The announcement couldn’t be independently verified in an area the place entry has been tightly managed by Myanmar’s military.

“Safety members discovered and dug up 28 useless our bodies of Hindus who had been cruelly and violently killed by ARSA extremist Bengali terrorists in Rakhine State,” a press release posted on the military chief’s web site mentioned. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Military (ARSA) is the group whose assaults on police posts triggered a military backlash so brutal that the UN believes it quantities to ethnic cleaning of the Muslim minority.

Greater than 430,000 Rohingya have fled the area to Bangladesh in below a month. Round 30,000 Hindus and Buddhists based mostly within the space have additionally been displaced by the violence. Each communities have instructed AFP they had been terrorised by Rohingya militants.

The military mentioned that safety officers discovered a complete of 20 useless ladies and eight males in two graves, together with six boys below the age of ten. A robust odor led safety officers to the burial web site exterior of Ye Baw Kya village, the military mentioned.

Unverifiable images printed by the federal government’s Info Committee confirmed corpses specified by rows on grass close to two mud pits the place they had been discovered.

Myanmar authorities spokesman Zaw Htay confirmed the grim discovery to AFP, as did a senior police officer in Rakhine who requested anonymity. The village the place the our bodies had been discovered, Ye Baw Kya, lies close to a cluster of Hindu and Muslim communities in northern Rakhine known as Kha Maung Seik.

Final week Hindus from the world instructed AFP that militants swept into their villages on Aug 25 with sticks and knives, attacking individuals who stood of their approach, killing many and taking others into the forest. Hindu ladies are believed to have been kidnapped by the militants.

The grim discovery of the graves will additional gasoline already white-hot hatred between ethnic teams in Myanmar.

Revealed in Daybreak, September 25th, 2017

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