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10 wounded in clash between Myanmar forces, rebels.

BANGKOK, Nov. 8 Kyodo

Ten people were wounded Monday in a clash between Myanmar government troops and anti-government rebels in a town near the Thai border.

The clash in Myawaddy in the eastern Myanmar state of Kayin occurred as government forces were hunting down some 200 Karen ethnic rebels who on Sunday raided the town's police station and an army camp near the town.

A Thai assistant reporter and a driver working for Japanese broadcaster Fuji Television Network Inc. were among the injured, according to the hospital where they were treated.

The other eight injured were identified as three Thais and five Myanmar citizens. Only one of them was seriously injured, according to Mae Sot Hospital.

Local journalists reported from Mae Sot town in Thailand that the gunfire included heavy weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades.

Naw Zipporah Sein, general secretary of the Karen National Union, told Kyodo News the raids at both locations in Myanmar were the work of a sprinter faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army. The DKBA is a ceasefire group allied with the junta.
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