Rohingya found in grave were 'civilians'

Yangon: Rohingya Muslim insurgents said on Saturday that ten Rohingya found in a mass grave in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state last month were "innocent civilians", and not members of their group.

Myanmar's military said earlier this week its soldiers had killed 10 captured Muslim "terrorists" during insurgent attacks in September.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, whose raids against security posts starting last August sparked sweeping military operations in Rakhine, said it "whole-heartedly welcomes the admission" of "war crimes" by the "Burmese terrorist army".

"We hereby declare that these ten innocent Rohingya civilians found in the said mass grave in Inn Din Village Tract were neither ARSA nor had any association with ARSA", the group said.

A Myanmar government spokesman said in response to ARSA's statement that sometimes "terrorists and villagers were allied in attacks" against security forces. 


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