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6 soldiers die in Karen-Myanmar clash+.

BANGKOK, Nov. 29 Kyodo

Six soldiers belonging to an insurgency group died Wednesday in a gunbattle with Myanmar government troops, according to sources at a Thai border town.

The 15-minute clash reportedly occurred at Paloo Noi Camp across from the Thai village of Mae Goangane in the Mae Sot district, some 500 kilometers northwest of Bangkok.

The dead soldiers were members of a Buddhist group of ethnic Karen, according to the sources who were contacted at the town of Mae Sot.

The group splintered from the more mainstream Karen National Union (KNU), which has been dominated by Christians since 1995, the sources said.

In a related incident, a 7-year-old boy was injured by shrapnel from a mortar round that crossed into Thai territory during fighting in an area north of Mae Sot.

The KNU is the largest group representing an ethnic minority in Myanmar. It first took up arms in 1949 to demand autonomy from the military government.
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