In a sensational claim, the Myanmar Army claimed on Sunday that it has discovered a mass grave containing the bodies of 28 Hindus, including women and children, in violence-wrecked Rakhine state. The Army also blamed the killings on the Muslim Rohingya militants.
Thousands of Hindus have fled villages where they once lived alongside Muslims, alleging that they were targeted by militants whose August 25 raids plunged Rakhine into communal violence.
The announcement could not be independently verified in a region where access has been tightly controlled by Myanmar’s army.
“Security members found and dug up 28 dead bodies of Hindus who were cruelly and violently killed by ARSA extremist Bengali terrorists in Rakhine State,” a statement posted on the army chief’s website said.
The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) is the group whose attacks on police posts triggered an army backlash so brutal that the UN believes it amounts to ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority.