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Ta'ang National Liberation Army clashes with Myanmar's military near China border

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Gustavo Carr | 14 May, 2018, 07:01

China yesterday condemned fighting on its border between Myanmar forces and ethnic rebels that has left 19 dead, mostly civilians, in some of the worst bloodshed on the restive frontier in recent years.

The assault was in retaliation for recent attacks on TNLA outposts and for a military push in Kachin state to the north, where an offensive against the Kachin Independence Army, a TNLA ally, has displaced more than 6,000 people in the past month, he said.

The fighting erupted on Saturday when ethnic minority insurgent groups, who are locked in a long-running battle with the Myanmar state, attacked security posts around Muse, a border town and trade hub in northeastern Shan state. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Among those killed in the attacks are one police officer and six members of people's militia group. He told dpa earlier that just 17 people were killed in the attack.

A statement posted on the page of Myanmar's commander-in-chief said military columns were in pursuit of the "terrorist insurgents".

Upwards of 90,000 people reside in IDP camps in Kachin and Shan states since a ceasefire between the powerful Kachin Independence Army and the military broke down in 2011.

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He challenged the government statistics about the civilian toll from Saturday's violence, saying it was much lower. "Many civilians they go to the casinos and it causes many social problems, so we launched a major assault", Tar Aik Kyaw said.

A further 20 civilians were wounded, a spokesman said.

More than 100,000 displaced people now reside in camps in Kachin and Shan states since a ceasefire between the KIA the military broke down in 2011, according to the latest United Nations statistics.

Myanmar's patchwork of ethnic groups make up around a third of the population.

"She ignored the ethnic issue".