On Saturday, Rohingya Muslim rebels said that 10 Rohingya found in a mass grave in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state last month were “innocent civilians”, and not members of their group.
Earlier this week, Myanmar's military said that this week its soldiers killed 10 captured Muslim “terrorists” during rebel attacks at the beginning of September.
“We hereby declare that these ten innocent Rohingya civilians found in the said mass grave in Inn Din Village Tract were neither ARSA nor had any association with ARSA”, the group said in a statement on Twitter.
A Myanmar government spokesman said in response to ARSA’s statement that sometimes “terrorists and villagers were allied” in attacks” against security forces.
“We have already said it is very difficult to segregate who is a terrorist and who are innocent villagers,” spokesman Zaw Htay said. “There will be an ongoing investigating process whether they are members of ARSA or not.”