Rohingya militants massacred Hindus: Amnesty report

Hindu women react while identifying the bodies of their relatives found by Myanmar government forces in a mass grave near Maungdaw township in northern Rakhine state last September. The authorities believe that they were massacred by the Arakan Rohin
Hindu women react while identifying the bodies of their relatives found by Myanmar government forces in a mass grave near Maungdaw township in northern Rakhine state last September. The authorities believe that they were massacred by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.PHOTO: REUTERS

Insurgent group's brutal attacks last year led to 700,000 refugees fleeing, findings reveal

Rohingya militants executed Hindu villagers in Myanmar last year in a rush of violence that eventually drove some 700,000 refugees from the country, a new report reveals.

New York-based human rights group Amnesty International, in a statement issued early today, said the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa), an armed group which attacked security installations in Myanmar's Rakhine state last August, "is responsible for at least one, and potentially a second, massacre of up to 99 Hindu women, men and children as well as additional unlawful killings and abductions of Hindu villagers".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2018, with the headline 'Rohingya militants massacred Hindus: Amnesty report'. Print Edition | Subscribe