December 21, 2014
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - The Myanmar junta has ended a news
blackout about clashes with ethnic rebels near the China border, saying three days of fighting killed 26 government forces and at least eight rebels.
A government announcement read aloud on state-run TV news broadcasts said the fighting had ended. It showed still photographs of police corpses and Kokang people fleeing.
The Sunday evening announcement said "the region has now regained peace."
It said fighting killed 26 junta soldiers and police and left 47 wounded. The announcement said eight bodies of Kokang rebels were found and 600 pieces of weapons seized.
There was no way to independently verify the figures.
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