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Jan 18, 2008 (DVB), The Shan State Army-South clashed with Burmese government troops on 13 January in their first encounter this year, according to an SSA-S spokesperson.
Major Sai Lao Hseng said that the government troops took some casualties in the skirmish, which took place near Naung-aw village, not far from the Thai-Burma border in Shan state.
"It was just a small clash as our troops ran into soldiers from the government's Light Infantry Battalion 131 about two kilometres east of Naung-aw village," said Sai Lao Hseng.
Reporting by Saw Kanyaw