14 Jun '11, 8am

Myanmar army pushes back Kachin rebels amid heavy fighting, clearing the way for Chinese dam project:

Myanmar army pushes back Kachin rebels amid heavy fighting, clearing the way for Chinese dam project:

BANGKOK: Clashes have broken out between the Myanmar army and northern ethnic rebels in a strategic region near the Chinese border, with at least seven people killed, a militia spokesman said Tuesday. Myanmar troops pushed Kachin Independence Army (KIA) fighters from a key mountain position during fighting which has left three rebels and four state soldiers dead, according to KIA spokesman James Lum Dau in Thailand. "This will spread to many areas," he said, accusing the government of moving into regions held by the armed ethnic group. He said the casualties included one KIA soldier allegedly tortured to death. It was not possible to verify the claims and there was no information from the Myanmar authorities about the reported fighting. The KIA, thought to have at least several thousand fighters, used to be one of the most powerful armed rebel groups and continues to hold ...

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