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16 arrested in Myanmar for killing Rohingya

Myanmar’s government has arrested 16 people, including members of its own security forces, in connection with the killings of 10 captured Rohingya Muslims.

Rohingya residents are alleged to have been killed in last year’s massive government crackdown on Muslim militants in Rakhine state.

On Monday, a government spokesperson, Zaw Htay, said members of the military and police, as well as Buddhist residents, had been arrested for their suspected involvement in the killings of the Rohingya men. The bodies of the men were found in a mass grave.

The military has insisted that the captured Rohingya had links to the militants.

But Reuters news agency reported last week that the security forces selected the victims at random from a group of residents.

The United States and other countries are calling for an independent investigation into allegations of human rights violations and violent acts.

More than 650,000 Rohingya have fled the violence in Rakhine state to neighboring Bangladesh.

Source: NHK World