Remains Uncovered In Myanmar Northern State


Myanmar Army have claimed that a mass grave of at least 28 Hindus killed by the Muslim Rohingya militants have been discovered in the violence wracked Rakhine state on Sunday.

Rohingya militants had attacked police posts on August 25, triggering a security crackdown in the region which has resulted in exodus of over 4 lakh Rohingyas.

With the government blocking access to the conflict zone, it is hard to verify the maelstrom of accusations.

More than 430,000 Rohingya have fled the region to Bangladesh in under a month.

Tens of thousands of Buddhists and Hindus who were living in the area have also fled.

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.

Unverifiable photos published by the government's Information Committee showed corpses laid out in rows on grass near two mud pits where they were found.

The army's claim was validated by Myanmar government's spokesperson Zaw Htay, who confirmed that the 28 dead bodies found were of Hindus.

Last week Hindus from the area said that militants swept into their villages on August 25 with sticks and knives, attacking people who stood in their way, killing many and taking others into the forest.

The grim discovery of the graves will fuel the tensions between ethnic groups in Myanmar.

The Myanmar government is working for the resettlement of refugees displaced at home and overseas due to conflicts in the country's northern Rakhine state.

Rohingyas, who trace their roots back generations in Myanmar, are a stateless minority who have mostly been stripped of their citizenship in the predominantly Buddhist country.