Aid Workers, Journalist Injured in Ambush in Northern Myanmar

Myanmar military troops march in northern Shan State, Myanmar, 16 February 2015. Four people including a journalist and local aid worker were injured as rebels attacked a Red Cross vehicle carrying wounded in north-eastern Myanmar, state media reports Sunday. EPA/LYNN BO BO

YANGON (DPA) — Four people including a journalist and local aid worker were injured as rebels attacked a Red Cross vehicle carrying wounded in north-eastern Myanmar, state media reports Sunday.

A videographer from state-run MRTV, a member of Myanmar Red Cross Society and two others were attacked Kokang rebels on Saturday evening, Myanma Alin newspaper said.

It was the third time that aid workers had been attacked since fighting began between the army and an ethnic rebel group called the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army on February 9.

Tens of thousands of civilians have already fled the troubled Kokang area of Shan State over the last 13 days, with an estimated 30,000 crossing the border into China.

Rebels have continued to carry out sporadic ambushes with "small and heavy weapons" on army convoys and camps, but have withdrawn "when counterattacks were launched," the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported.

Some 72 rebels and 50 government soldiers were killed in fighting over 13 days, official said.

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