Myanmar probing alleged atrocities

YANGON: Myanmar’s military says it is investigating its operations in violence-wracked Rakhine state, where the United Nations has accused troops of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims.
In the last seven weeks, more than half a million Rohingya have fled Rakhine for Bangladesh, shocking the globe with accounts of Myanmar soldiers and Buddhist mobs murdering and raping civilians before torching their villages to the ground.
The army has steadfastly denied the charges and insists it is targeting Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25, killing around a dozen security officers.
“An investigation team led by Defence Services Inspector General Lt-Gen Aye Win is inspecting security forces and military units (to see) whether they perform the assigned duties or not,” said a statement from the army’s “True News Information Team”.
ELEPHANTS KILL 4 ROHINGYA: Wild elephants killed four Rohingya refugees including three children as they were building a shack on forest land in southern Bangladesh on Saturday, police said. The incident occurred at Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar district. — AFP