Myanmar’s military said it was involved in the killings of 10 Muslims found in a mass grave last month in restive Rakhine state, its first admission of wrongdoing in a conflict that the U.S. labeled ethnic cleansing and which displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
A statement posted Wednesday on the Facebook page of military commander Sr.
Gen. Min Aung Hlaing
described the 10 men as armed Bengali terrorists who had been arrested when about 200 armed attackers tried to assault security forces in early September.
Members of security forces and Buddhist villagers confessed to killing the men instead of turning them over to police, in part, in retaliation at past intimidation and the killing of a local by others, the statement said. It said actions would be taken against those people, as well as against officers who failed to report the incident.