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Malaysia finds mass graves of suspected migrants


malaysia mapMASS graves believed to contain bodies of hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been found in Malaysia, the country’s home minister said.

Police discovered 30 large graves in two locations in the northern state of Perlis, which borders Thailand, local media reported yesterday.

Home Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, confirmed the unearthing of a mass grave near 17 human trafficking detention camps in Padang Besar.

The camps were abandoned when officers got there, he said.

The Star newspaper reported on its website that nearly 100 bodies were found in one grave on Friday.

Al Jazeera, reporting from the capital Kuala Lumpur, said identification and verification of the remains was ongoing.

It was not clear if the bodies were members of a Muslim minority from Myanmar known as Rohingya, an official said.

Northern Malaysia is on a route for smugglers bringing people to Southeast Asia by boat from Myanmar, most of them Rohingya
who say they are fleeing persecution, and people from Bangladesh seeking work.

Smugglers have also used southern Thailand. The Utusan Malaysia newspaper said police believed the discovery had a connection to mass graves found on the Thai side of the border earlier this month.

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