Myanmar security forces took part in killing 10 Rohingya: army

Myanmar security forces took part in killing 10 Rohingya: army

More than 600,000 Rohingya, who are not recognised by the Myanmar government as one of the country's many ethnic groups, have fled to Bangladesh since August previous year, when violence between armed Rohingya and Myanmar security forces prompted a severe crackdown.

Myanmar's military targeting of an ethnic minority in the country n an attempt to uphold Buddhist nationalism is not unprecedented.

Myanmar has been accused of blocking journalists from traveling independently to Rakhine to look first-hand at the crackdown, and to verify refugees' claims of murder, mass rape and burning of villages by security forces.

The military's statement on Wednesday said due to ongoing attacks, security forces deemed it impossible to bring the 10 men to the police station and decided instead to execute the suspects at the village cemetery on the morning after their capture.

The military of Myanmar has admitted that its soldiers killed 10 captured Rohingya Muslims, who they labelled "terrorists".

A statement posted on the official Facebook page of the Burmese armed forces sets out details of the killing of alleged Rohingya militants, who have launched small-scale attacks on security forces.

"It is only the tip of the iceberg and warrants a serious independent investigation into what other atrocities were committed amid the ethnic cleansing campaign that has forced out more than 655,000 Rohingya from Rakhine State since last August", said James Gomez, Amnesty International's regional director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

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The European Union and representatives of Muslim nations renewed calls for a broader global investigation into violence in the western state of Rakhine, after the military said on Wednesday its soldiers had killed 10 captured Rohingya Muslim "terrorists" at the beginning of September. According to the statement, there were "no conditions" to hand the ten captured "bengali terrorists" over to the police, so "it was made a decision to kill them".

The military announced on December 18 that a mass grave containing 10 bodies had been found at the coastal village of Inn Din, about 50 km (30 miles) north of the state capital Sittwe.

The exact number of the returnees is still unknown, the report said. "This incident happened because ethnic Buddhist villagers were threatened and provoked by the terrorists".

The army chief's office said "action" would be taken against villagers and security members involved in the violence at Inn Din.

Four members of the security forces also opened fire.

Its military's statement comes after a long denial of mischief towards the minority.

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