Authorities refute AP’s report on mass graves in Buthidaung Tsp

Authorities and local people inspect the mass grave reported in the Associated Press (AP) near Gu Dar Pyin Village in Buthidaung Township yesterday. Photo: Information Committee
Authorities and local people inspect the mass grave reported in the Associated Press (AP) near Gu Dar Pyin Village in Buthidaung Township yesterday. Photo: Information Committee

Rakhine State authorities said they are looking into reports of mass graves from the Associated Press.
Local officials said they interrogated residents near Gu Dar Pyin Village in Buthidaung Township yesterday.
Following the inspection, the team, including officials, police, doctors and local villagers, refuted the AP report, while the villagers reiterated they had not heard of any massacres near their village.
The AP reported that at least five previously unreported mass graves had been uncovered in Myanmar, and the bodies were burnt with acid, making them unrecognisable.
However, following the trip, the authorities told the media that security forces were attacked by a combined group of ARSA terrorists, and some 500 villagers had attacked the security forces which were enforcing the rule of law on 28 August 2017, following attacks by ARSA terrorists on police outposts.
The terrorists and villagers had used machetes and homemade arms in the attack, and the security forces had acted in self-defence until the attackers fled to the south of the village.
A security officer was injured and 19 bodies of terrorists were found, along with eight machetes and homemade weapons, including spears, as well as 12 bullets.

The map shows the area where conflict happened between ARSA terrorists and the security forces at Gu Dar Pyin Village in Buthidaung Township on 28 August 2017.
The map shows the area where conflict happened between ARSA terrorists and the security forces at Gu Dar Pyin Village in Buthidaung Township on 28 August 2017.

According to the inspection team, it was found that the bodies of the terrorists were buried, and a case was filed at the Nyaungchaung police station under Section 50 (I) of the Anti-Terrorism Law.
“Instead of denying human rights violations, when it receives accurate and confirmed evidence proving allegations of human rights violations, the government conducts a probe into the cases and takes action against anyone who breaks the law”, the government said in a statement.
The Rakhine State government said it was extending the investigation of the allegations made in the AP report to nearby villages. The 17-member inspection team included the Buthidaung Township administrator, local police, law enforcement officials, doctors, immigration officers, members of the Buthidaung Township management committee and local villagers.— Myanmar News Agency

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