Muslim-majority northern Rakhine was plunged into violence last October when Rohingya Muslim insurgents allegedly killed nine police, setting off a brutal counteroffensive beset by allegations of rape, killings and torture by government troops.
UN EXPRESSES "MAJOR CONCERN"
"This development, which reportedly took place yesterday, is a cause for major concern," said Yanghee Lee, the U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar.
"The government must ensure that security forces exercise restraint in all circumstances and respect human rights in addressing the security situation in Rakhine State," she said in a statement issued in Geneva.
United Nations investigators who interviewed some of the nearly 75,000 people who fled to neighboring Bangladesh last year said troops probably committed crimes against humanity.
Click here to read the latest development in the Rakahine state of Myanmar.