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Myanmar army says 22 dead in clashes with rebels

Published on Apr 20, 2014 3:12 PM

YANGON (AFP) - Fighting between the military and ethnic minority rebels in northern Myanmar has left at least 22 people dead this month, the army said on Sunday, dimming hopes of a nationwide peace deal.

Bloodshed in the state of Kachin, the scene of the last major active civil war in the former junta-ruled country, has uprooted tens of thousands of people and tempered optimism about sweeping political reforms.

Eight government soldiers, including one officer, have been killed in clashes this month, according to a military statement carried by the army-owned Myawaddy newspaper.

The military also retrieved the bodies of 14 Kachin Independence Army (KIA) fighters along with weapons, it added.

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