- Posted 07 Mar 2017 00:56
- Updated 07 Mar 2017 01:00
In early 2015 dozens of civilians, rebels and army troops died in months of fighting across the remote and mountainous region of Kokane. (AFP/KHINE HTOO MRAT)
YANGON: At least 30 people were killed on Monday (Mar 6) in a day of intense fighting in a town on Myanmar’s border with China, authorities said, after rebels dressed in police uniforms launched a surprise raid.
Artillery and small arms fire continued throughout the day in Laukkai, a main town in the Kokang region of the northeastern state of Shan.
The clashes are some of the worst to break out in the Chinese-speaking Kokang region since fighting in 2015 left scores dead and forced tens of thousands to flee across the border into China.
Myanmar is already torn by various ethnic insurgencies. But the Kokang conflict has raised tensions with its giant neighbour.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s government is desperate to end the decades-long borderland conflicts, but intensifying fighting threatens peace efforts. Tiếp tục đọc “30 dead in fighting in Myanmar town near China border”