YANGON: The headless body of a Muslim villager has been found days after he spoke to reporters on a rare government-guided media tour of restive northern Rakhine State, Myanmar police announced.
Troops have taken control of the dangerous and remote region bordering Bangladesh since Oct 9 when armed men raided police posts, killing nine officers.
At least 34,000 Rohingya Muslims have since fled to Bangladesh, taking with them allegations of mass-killings, rape and torture at the hands of Myanmar security forces.
The Myanmar government has vigorously denied the accusations and blamed Rohingya activists for spreading false accounts.
Troops have killed more than 80 people throughout the crackdown, according to official figures, while conflict analysts say several Muslim villagers have also been killed by the militants whose attacks sparked the latest unrest.
Police did not give a motive for the killing of the 41-year-old man, whose body was found floating in a river, but said he spoke to local journalists on Wednesday at the Ngakhura village.
“On Thursday, his family said he had disappeared after giving interviews to journalists ... so we opened the case,” said Police Col Thet Naing in Maungdaw town.
“This afternoon (yesterday) I got the report his headless body was found... we have confirmed from villagers that it is him,” he said, adding police went to the scene of the grisly find. — AFP
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