BIRMANIE: Myanmar says 47 soldiers dead after rebel clashes near Chinese border

Publié: 13 février 2015 dans Birmanie, Informations générales
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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Clashes between Myanmar troops and ethnic Kokang rebels near the Chinese border have left 47 government soldiers dead and 73 wounded, state media said Friday.

The Global New Light of Myanmar said Friday that there have been more than 13 clashes in the last several days between government troops and Kokang rebels near Laukkai close to the border, with the government carrying out five airstrikes. The number of rebel casualties was not immediately known.

It said the fighting has been serious enough for the government to inform China, which is concerned about the clashes because they force civilians to flee across the border.

The report said a Kokang renegade group led by former Kokang leader Phone Kya Shin attacked military stations with the objective of capturing Laukai, capital of the self-administered Kokang zone near the border more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) northeast of Yangon.

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