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Myanmar troops recover bodies of 13 rebels in clash

AP

Yangon, Myanmar – — State media in Myanmar say government troops fighting ethnic rebels near the Chinese border have recovered the bodies of 13 insurgents and captured eight others.

The clashes this week are some of the fiercest in the country in two years and threaten to derail efforts of a nominally civilian government to sign a nationwide cease-fire with rebel groups that have been fighting for self-rule for decades.

According to Myanma Ahlin daily on Sunday, troops found 13 bodies, captured eight seriously wounded rebels and seized 98 weapons. As many as 47 soldiers were killed and more than 70 wounded earlier this week in fighting that involved airstrikes on rebel positions.

Kokang rebels were part of the defunct Burmese Communist Party until a cease-fire was signed with the then-military government in 1989.