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Myanmar security forces took part in killing 10 Rohingya: army

AFP  |  Yangon 

security forces took part in a massacre of 10 Rohingya in September, the chief's office said today, as it admitted for the first time abuses during a crackdown that sparked a mass exodus of the Muslim minority.

The massacre took place on September 2 in the village of in Rakhine state, the posting said, as tensions escalated pitting Rohingya against security forces and ethnic Rakhine locals following the killing of a Rakhine man.

"Some villagers from village and security members confessed they killed 10 Bengali terrorists," the office said in its post, using a pejorative term for Rohingya and blaming militants for causing the unrest in the village.

The post also gave the first confirmation of a mass Rohingya grave inside following an crackdown on militants from the minority group.

In its account, the office said security forces captured 10 Rohingya militants before killing them as violence engulfed village and its surrounding area.

"The decision was made to kill them at a cemetery," the post added.

Refugees who have fled in their hundreds of thousands to neighbouring have given consistent accounts of massacres by security forces flanked by ethnic Rakhine mobs.

Those allegations, which have been cross-checked by media and rights groups, have seen accused of ethnic cleansing by the US and UN and prompted questions over whether the crackdown may have amounted to genocide.

But Myanmar's has until now staunchly rebutted allegations of misconduct, clearing itself of any wrongdoing in an internal probe.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 20:30 IST