Death toll climbs in Myanmar rebel unrest


YANGON: Escalating clashes between Myanmar’s army and ethnic Kokang fighters killed dozens of rebels over the weekend, including eight who died in custody, state-backed media reported on Monday as some 2,000 people fled the violence. Government troops also found a haul of 100 small arms and ammunition as they battled rebels around Laukkai, the main city in the Kokang region of northern Shan state, the Global New Light of Myanmar said.



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