Battle erupts in Myanmar opposite Three Pagodas Pass

Battle erupts in Myanmar opposite Three Pagodas Pass

Security authorities patrol the Three Pagodas Pass checkpoint in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi on Saturday after a military skirmish in Myanmar. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)
Security authorities patrol the Three Pagodas Pass checkpoint in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi on Saturday after a military skirmish in Myanmar. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)

KANCHANABURI: A military skirmish took place late on Saturday night in Phyatonezu township opposite the Three Pagodas Pass in tambon Nong Lu of Sangkhla Buri district, local media reported.

The exchange of fire started at about 10.30pm between Myanmar soldiers of the 32nd Infantry Battalion and an unknown armed force opposed to the military regime.

The noise of explosions, grenades and gunfire were clearly heard at Phra Chedi Sam Ong, also known as Three Pagodas Pass village, in tambon Nong Lu on the Thai side of the border for about 15 minutes. No casualties were reported.

Soldiers from the Lat Ya Task Force, border patrol police and village security members were deployed to keep watch along the borderline.

Pakorn Kanwanlee, the Sangkhlaburi district chief, was also at the border village to monitor the situation.

Asean leaders held a summit meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday and agreed to a five-point plan to tackle the crisis in Myanmar. The plan includes an immediate end to violence in the country.

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