February 9, 2018 / 5:51 PM / 3 months ago

U.N. says Reuters report on Myanmar massacre 'alarming,' need for investigation

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations on Friday described the details of a Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as “alarming” and said it showed the need for a thorough probe into the violence in the country’s Rakhine state.

FILE PHOTO: U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses a news conference during the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia January 28, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

“We’re aware of this latest report, the details of which are very alarming. This once more attests to the need for a full and thorough investigation by the authorities of all violence in Rakhine State and attacks on the various communities there,” U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the release of the two detained journalists and continues to press for that, Haq said.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols, Editing by Franklin Paul

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