At least 19 people were killed on Saturday by ethnic insurgents in Myanmar in a major attack near the main border with China, and four members of the security forces were among the dead, a government spokesman said.
Zaw Htay, the spokesman, said around 100 insurgents had attacked at about 5 a.m. using small arms and artillery, and had been repelled by armed police officers and members of a government-backed militia he called “paramilitaries.”
Fifteen civilians, including two women, were killed, and 20 others were injured, he said, citing information from the police. A police officer and three militiamen were also killed in the clash, Zaw Htay said. An unknown number of Chinese and Myanmar nationals had fled into China, he added.
“Now the Myanmar military is attacking and following them,” he said. “They ran away after attacking the civilian targets. This is not an ethnic rights movement; this is a terrorist attack.”