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Thai soldiers shot by pro-junta group

Apr 28, 2009 (DVB), Two Thai border patrol troops were injured yesterday as a clash broke out between them and a pro-Burmese government group, while a mortar fired by the Burmese army landed on Thai soil, injuring a civilian.

The Burma-Thai border near to Karen state has seen intense clashes over the past month between government troops, supported by the DKBA, and the Karen National Liberation Army, the armed wing of opposition group Karen National Union.

The government is attempting to take a strategically important KNLA base known as Battalion 201.

A resident from Padee village in Phop Phra district, Tak province, said DKBA fighters who crossed the border into Thailand yesterday morning opened fire on Thai border patrol troops.

Two Thai soldiers were injured; one on his arm and the other one on his chest.

During the clash the Burmese army pounded artillery shells onto Thai soil from across the border. The target is unknown.

The resident said that four rounds of artillery landed in Padee village, destroying two houses and injuring a villager.

The DKBA was using Thai soil to approach Battalion 201 base from behind, the resident said, adding that Padee villagers were too afraid to stay in the village and had been evacuated by the Thai army.

A resident in Thai border town of Mae Sot said the two injured soldiers were seen arriving to Mae Sot hospital, transferred from Phop Phra hospital.

The fight ended after DKBA fighters withdrew back into Burma, shortly after the Thai soldiers returned fire at them.

Reporting by DVB


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