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Myanmar army's admission over killings is 'only the tip of the iceberg'

Myanmar army's admission over killings is 'only the tip of the iceberg'

The military said on Wednesday its investigation had found that members of the security forces had killed the 10 and that action would be taken against them.

According to the military's account, the victims of the massacre were Rohingya militants who were captured by security forces following a September 1 raid on a "terrorist bunker".

This is the first time the Myanmar military has admitted to abuses since it launched military operations that have displaced more than 650,000 Rohingya from the country since August 2017.

They accuse the military, backed by local Buddhist mobs, of burning their villages and attacking and killing civilians.

Reuters journalists must be released The Myanmar authorities must immediately release two journalists from the Reuters news agency who have been arbitrarily detained for investigating military abuses in Myanmar's Rakhine State, Amnesty International said.

The pair have widely covered the military campaign in Rakhine although Reuters has declined to comment on whether they were specifically reporting on the mass grave in Inn Din.

A statement Wednesday on the military commander-in-chief's Facebook page said the Rohingya found in the mass grave had threatened Buddhist villagers and were killed in retaliation. Aye Win. A previous investigation conducted by the inspector general's team in November 2017 claimed that security forces had not committed any illegal killings or any other abuses in its response to attacks on military installations by Rohingya militants.

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"The army will take charge of those who are responsible for the killings and who broke the rules of engagement".

Angry ethnic Rakhine Buddhist villagers, who had lost relatives in militant attacks, wanted to kill the captives, and stabbed them after forcing them into a grave on the outskirts of the village.

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

The military announced on Dec 18 that a mass grave containing 10 bodies had been found at the coastal village of Inn Din, about 50 kilometres north of the state capital Sittwe.

They were arrested a month ago under the draconian Official Secrets Act after they were allegedly given classified documents by two policemen over dinner.

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

She said the decision to block her suggested "something terribly awful" was happening in Rakhine.


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