The results of an internal military investigation found that soldiers, along with local villagers, were culpable for the deaths of the Rohingya, who the military labeled "terrorists", according to a statement posted to the Facebook page of Myanmar's Commander-in-Chief.
"The United States is deeply disappointed by today's court decision in Burma to allow prosecution of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo under the Official Secrets Act", according to a US State Department statement received here this morning. The executed Rohingya were reportedly forced to dig their own grave at gunpoint by both government forces and Burmese villagers.
"It was found that there were no conditions to transfer the 10 Bengali terrorists to the police station and so it was chose to kill them", the military said, referring to the findings of the investigating team. They are widely called "Bengalis" and are accused of migrating illegally from Bangladesh.
The foreign minister's three-day visit to Myanmar includes traveling to northern Rakhine, from where more than 650,000 Rohingya fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape the military's brutal crackdown.
The military said legal action would be taken against members of the security forces who violated their rules of engagement in killing the 10 suspected insurgents, and against ethnic Rakhine Buddhist villagers who were also involved.
Amnesty International had documented "overwhelming evidence" in villages across the area that the "military has murdered and raped Rohingya, and burnt their villages to the ground", James Gomez, Amnesty International's regional director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said in a statement released on Wednesday.
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The 10 corpses were found in December 2016 in a mass grave near a cemetery in Inn Din village. Myanmar denies that, saying its forces were carrying out legitimate counterinsurgency operations.
Villagers had dug a pit and the men were ordered to enter it, where they were shot by the security forces.
Its military's statement comes after a long denial of mischief towards the minority.
"However, it is only the tip of the iceberg and warrants serious independent investigation into what other atrocities were committed amid the ethnic cleansing campaign that has forced out more than 655,000 Rohingya from Rakhine State in August", he added.
The government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar has refused to accept Rohingya Muslims as a minority group, even though they have lived in the country for generations.