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Shan Rebels and Army Skirmish Again

15 March 2013

On Tuesday there were renewed skirmishes between Shan ethnic rebels and the Burmese army in northern Shan State, the Shan Herald Agency for News reports. In Tangyan Township a Shan State Army soldier was shot at while he went to fetch water. Afterward the government’s Infantry Battalion 291 advanced on Shan rebel base 192 at Loi Zay, rebel officers alleged. “The clashes lasted until nightfall; and this morning the fight renewed,” an unnamed commander was quoted as saying. In recent months there have been recurrent reports of clashes in northern Shan State, despite the fact that Shan rebels and the government reached a ceasefire in January 2012.