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Rights group accuses Myanmar army of village massacre

Witnesses claim dozens of Rohingya men, boys stabbed and shot in village of Maung Nu soon after latest violence began

Published: October 05, 2017 11:00 AM GMT
Rights group accuses Myanmar army of village massacre

A Bangladeshi man helps Rohingya Muslim refugees disembark from a boat on the Bangladeshi shoreline of the Naf River after crossing the border from Myanmar in Teknaf on Sept. 30. Refugees who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State have spoken of a massacre in the village of Maung Nu in which soldiers allegedly killed dozens of men and boys. (Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP)

Myanmar's military has summarily executed several dozen Rohingya Muslims in a village in Myanmar's Rakhine State, a human rights group says.

Soldier's beat, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and shot villagers who had gathered for safety in a residential compound in the village of Maung Nu on Aug. 27, two days after Rohingya militants attacked a local security outpost and military base, Human Rights Watch said on Oct. 4.

It could not verify the number of villagers allegedly killed, saying accounts of the massacre came from survivors who managed to flee to Bangladesh.

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Satellite photos showed the village had almost been totally destroyed by fire, the rights group said

"All the horrors of the Burmese army's crimes against humanity against the Rohingya are evident in the mass killings in Maung Nu village," said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

"These atrocities demand more than words from concerned governments; they need concrete responses with consequences."

Human Rights Watch said it had spoken to 14 survivors and witnesses from Maung Nu and nearby villages in the Chin Tha Mar village tract of Buthidaung Township.

The witnesses, who fled to Bangladesh, said that after the militant attacks they feared the military would retaliate. Several hundred people gathered in a large residential compound in Maung Nu after which several Myanmar soldiers entered while others surrounded it.

They allegedly took several dozen Rohingya men and boys into the courtyard and then shot or stabbed them to death. Others were killed as they tried to flee.

The soldiers then loaded the bodies — one hundred or more, according to some witnesses — into military trucks and took them away.

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