YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma says fighting between government troops and ethnic rebels in the northeastern, strife-torn state of Kachin has left at least 22 people dead this month.
The clashes in Kachin come despite efforts by President Thein Sein’s government to forge a nationwide cease-fire agreement with all armed ethnic groups — a deadline that has repeatedly been pushed back because of ongoing clashes.
The state-run Kyemon daily reported Sunday that the latest violence erupted on April 4 after members of the Kachin Independence Army ambushed an army column in the Man Wein Gyi region.
It said the “mopping up” operation that followed resulted in the capture of a rebel camp.
At least 14 government troops and eight rebels were killed.