Myanmar officials said on Monday that they have discovered at least 45 slain Hindus in three mass graves in the Southeast Asian country's conflict-torn northern Rakhine state. The government blames Muslim insurgents for the killings.
Two of the graves were found on Monday and contained the bodies of 20 females and eight males, Border Guard Police Major Zayar Nyein said. The government's Information Committee said on its Facebook page that all eight males were boys, including six who were under 10 years old.
It said another mass grave was discovered 200 meters away that contained the bodies of 17 more Hindu villagers. Police blame the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army insurgent group (ARSA). Security forces say the bodies are among about 100 Hindus missing since ARSA attacked at least 30 police outposts August 25. There was no immediate way to independently verify the government's assertions.
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