Myanmar army says 7 of its troops killed in ethnic rebel attack on outpost in northeast

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Myanmar's army says seven of its troops were killed and 20 wounded when ethnic rebels attacked their outpost in the country's northeast.

The state-run Myanma Ahlin daily reported Monday that the army said heavily armed ethnic Kokang guerrillas attacked the outpost 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the Chinese border last Wednesday. The report said the army camp was surrounded for two days until relieved by reinforcements.

Since coming to power in 2011, the elected government of President Thein Sein has been striving to strike a comprehensive peace agreement with about a dozen ethnic rebel groups that have been fighting for decades for greater autonomy. It has preliminary cease-fires with most, but clashes occur sporadically, and the two sides cannot agree on terms for a political settlement.