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Myammar reports clashes between troops, Kokang ethnic rebels

Myanmar reports fresh clashes between govt troops, Kokang ethnic guerrillas near China border

Myammar reports clashes between troops, Kokang ethnic rebels

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar state media has reported clashes between government troops and Kokang ethnic rebels near the Chinese border.

The Global New Light of Myanmar said the government blamed the Kokang rebels for provoking three clashes on Monday in northeastern Shan state at a time when the country is working toward a comprehensive peace with ethnic rebel groups. The Kokang guerrillas had been the main fighting force for the now-defunct Burmese Communist Party until signing a cease-fire with the then-military government in 1989.

Kokang leader Phone Kya Shin and his commanders fled Myanmar in 2009 after government forces raided a Kokang weapons factory and an explosives plant and reportedly confiscated nearly 12 million methamphetamine tablets from the homes of the guerrillas' leaders.


Updated : 2021-09-18 00:16 GMT+08:00