YANGON (dpa) – Clashes between the military and rebel fighters in Myanmar have killed at least 11 people, officials said Friday, after ceasefire talks broke down.
Five soldiers were killed by Shan rebels Thursday in Shan State in the east of the country, local media cited a Defence Ministry official as saying. The Shan State Army rebel group “attacked us at an unguarded moment,” the official said.
The Shan State Army blamed the military for the outbreak of hostilities in the state’s Kyay Thee township.
“The Pha Song bridge and surrounding area has been under our control for 20 years. The army should not invade,” the group’s spokesman Sai Phone Han said.
Further south in Mon State, five rebels of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army were killed when their headquarters were attacked by the military on September 29, the group’s liaison officer said. Another Karen rebel was killed by the military on September 27, he said.
The government has forbidden ethnic Karen armed groups from wearing uniforms or carrying weapons in urban areas, which some say has increased tensions and provoked the clashes.