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Myanmar Military Forced 10 Rohingya to Dig Own Graves, Then Executed Them

Myanmar Military Forced 10 Rohingya to Dig Own Graves, Then Executed Them”

Rohingya Muslims who fled a village where Myanmar has admitted its forces helped massacre 10 people said Thursday the victims were all civilians, not fighters as asserted by the Tatmadaw.

Soldiers and villagers were involved in the killings of "Bengali terrorists" and legal action would be taken against them, said the statement on the Facebook page of Min Aung Hlaing, the military's commander-in-chief, quotes Al-Jazeera.

In a statement on Facebook, Myanmar's military commander, Min Aung Hlaing, said the slain Rohingya were "Bengali terrorists" who were part of a larger group of 200 that attacked Myanmese soldiers with sticks and swords previous year.

After two attacks in last two years each by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, whom government declared as "terrorist organization", the Tatmadaw conducted clearance operations in the northern Rakhine, which drew criticism from overseas, accusing Myanmar's security forces of committed human rights abuses.

"It was found that there were no conditions to transfer the 10 Bengali terrorists to the police station and so it was chose to kill them".

Myanmar's government does not recognise the term "Rohingya", and insists that the minority are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo covered the unrest in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state, where some 655,000 Rohingyas have been forced to flee into Bangladesh to escape a scorched earth campaign against them by military forces.

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"Action will be taken against the villagers ... and the security force members who violated the rules of engagement according to the law", the statement said.

"It is true that both the villagers and security forces admitted they killed the 10 Bengali terrorists", the statement read. Myanmar denies that, saying its forces were carrying out legitimate counterinsurgency operations.

The 10 bodies were found in December in a mass grave near a cemetery in Inn Din village.

The government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar has refused to accept Rohingya Muslims as a minority group, even though they have lived in the country for generations.

Villagers had dug a pit and the men were ordered to enter it, where they were shot by the security forces.

"This grisly admission is a sharp departure from the army's policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing", said James Gomez, Amnesty's regional director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, following the military's announcement.

The U.N. and other groups accuse the military of widespread atrocities against Rohingya, including killings, rapes and the burning of homes.



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