The army has been placed on high alert after major clashes between Myanmar troops and Shan rebel soldiers yesterday threatened to spill across the border.
A source at the 17th Infantry Regiment special task force in Mae Hong Son said Myanmar troops had engaged in fierce fighting with soldiers from the Shan State Army (SSA) at Doi Nak Ka, about five kilometres from the border village of Ban Rak Thai in Mae Hong Son's Muang district. The source said the army had been placed on full alert to prevent armed groups from crossing into Thailand.
The clash had erupted in the morning and was still raging yesterday evening, the source said.
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