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Myanmar military admits killing 10 Rohingyas

ANI  |  Naypyidaw [Myanmar] 

In a rare acknowledgement, the military has admitted that the members of its security forces were involved in the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims, whose bodies were found in a mass grave in December in the restive Rakhine region.

The Rohingyas found in the mass grave had threatened Buddhist villagers and were killed in retaliation, reported, citing a statement on the military commander-in-chief's page, as saying.

The described the 10 Rohingya Muslims found in the mass grave as "Bengali terrorists."

"It is true that both the villagers and security forces admitted they killed the 10 Bengali terrorists," the military statement added, "The will take charge of those who are responsible for the killings and who broke the rules of engagement. This incident happened because ethnic Buddhist villagers were threatened and provoked by the terrorists."

More than 655,000 Rohingyas have crossed into since August 25, escaping a military crackdown in the Rakhine state, which many countries and human rights bodies have described as ethnic cleansing.

A majority of them left the at the end of August this year, recounting incidents of murder, rape and arson at the hands of the

On October 12, a United Nations' report based on interviews conducted in found that brutal attacks against Rohingyas in the northern have been well-organised, coordinated and systematic, with the intent of not only driving the population out of but preventing them from returning to their homes.

The is home to a majority of Muslims in Myanmar, who have been denied citizenship and long faced persecution in the Buddhist-majority country, especially from the extremists.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 17:10 IST