Myanmar officials said today 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 Rohingya insurgents for the killings.
Two of the graves were found today 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 today that contained the bodies of 17 more Hindu villagers.
Police blame the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army insurgent group, or ARSA. Security forces say the bodies are among about 100 Hindus missing since ARSA attacked at least 30 police outposts 25 August.
A crackdown that followed the attacks left more than 200 Rohingya Muslim villages burned and sent at least 420,000 Rohingya fleeing into Bangladesh. The government has said most of the hundreds of people who were killed were insurgents.
The Information Committee said the bodies were found in Yebawkya village of Maungdaw township, which was hardest hit by the violence. The committee said nearby residents searched and found the pits holding the bodies in the northwest part of the village. (PTI)
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