Rohingya extremists blamed after mass grave of Hindus found in Myanmar

Rohingya extremists blamed after mass grave of Hindus found in Myanmar

Cheryl Sanders
September 25, 2017

"Security members found and dug up 28 dead bodies of Hindus who were cruelly and violently killed by Rakhine State", a statement posted on the Army chief's website said. Many of the Hindu victims were either women or children, said the military.

In the latest development, the Myanmar military on Sunday, 24 September, said it has found a mass grave of 28 dead bodies of Hindus.

Around 30,000 Hindus and Buddhists based in the area have also been displaced by the violence.

Hindu villagers from the area told AFP last week Rohingya militants stormed into their communities on August 25, killing many and taking others into the forest.

Also, doctors treating some of the Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks said they have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, United Nations clinicians and other health workers said.

Myanmar's security forces have always been attacking Rohingyas and torching their villages since October 2016, in a bid to push them out of the western state of Rakhine.

A senior police officer in northern Rakhine said the security forces found 10-15 bodies buried in separate holes in the mass grave.

The allegations coming out of the remote region are hard to verify because the army has blocked access to the area.

The Rohingya has faced decades of persecution from a Buddhist nationalist army and discrimination under laws that stripped them of citizenship and restrict their movements.

Rohingya militants calling themselves the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army have been blamed by the government for setting off unrest in Rakhine since August, when they attacked dozens of police posts.

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