Mass grave of 28 Hindus found in Myanmar

Myanmar’s army said on Sunday that a mass grave of 28 Hindus had been discovered in violence- wracked Rakhine state, blaming the killings on Muslim Rohingya fighters.

The bodies included women and children.

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.

Over 400,000 Rohingya have since fled an offensive by the military, which the UN accuses of ethnic cleansing.

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

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

Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay confirmed the discovery of the 28 bodies on Sunday.

A senior police officer in northern Rakhine told AFP they had been “buried with 10-15 bodies in each hole.”


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