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

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

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

Myanmar's admission that soldiers were involved in the murder of 10 Muslims in September was an important step and the United States hoped it would be followed by more transparency and accountability, the US ambassador said on Thursday.

The office of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing confirmed Wednesday that security forces took part in killing "Bengali terrorists" on September 2 in the village of Inn Din in Maungdaw, using a pejorative term for Rohingya.

"The United States is deeply disappointed by today's court decision in Burma to allow prosecution of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo under the Official Secrets Act", according to a US State Department statement received here this morning.

Last month Doctors Without Borders said at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the first month of the army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine - the highest estimated death toll yet of violence that erupted on August 25.

The captives should have been handed over to police, the army statement said, but with militants mounting continuous attacks and destroying two military vehicles, "there were no conditions to transfer the 10 Bengali terrorists to the police station and so it was chose to kill them". They are widely called "Bengalis" and are accused of migrating illegally from Bangladesh.

"We have chose to provide the aid in response to the agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to represent an global message of support so that the repatriation can be carried out promptly", said Foreign Ministry official Shinobu Yamaguchi in a statement.

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Northern Rakhine is home to millions of the country's Muslim minority but the government does not recognise them as one of the ethnic groups and has labeled them as "Bengalis", meaning intruders from neighbouring Bangladesh.

Asked if the revelations about the killing at the village of Inn Din, about 50km north of the state capital Sittwe, could be a concern for refugees who are being asked to return, Suu Kyi said: "Some people might be afraid, but this is not something that has happened right now". The Myanmar government has consistently denied all accusations. Security forces had to protect Inn Din village because it is surrounded by Muslim villages of which residents threatened the Inn Din villagers, it said.

"This grisly admission is a sharp departure from the army's policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing".

"However, it is only the tip of the iceberg and warrants 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 in August", he added.

"Villagers and members of the security forces have confessed that they committed murder", the military said in a statement on Wednesday.

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