Myanmar government accuses Kachin rebels of trying to derail peace process, as tension soars

Myanmar's government is accusing ethnic rebels of trying to scuttle a nationwide peace deal, as tensions soar in the northern state of Kachin. Sporadic clashes between the army and insurgents have left more than 1,800 civilians trapped in a village.

Emotions are high in the state capital, Myitkyina, where a funeral is planned Friday for two ethnic Kachin volunteer teachers.

An official with the opposition National League for Democracy party, Tin Soe, said their bloodied bodies were found this week in a village near the border with China. He says the deaths are being investigated following reports they were killed and raped by army soldiers.

The government has been seeking a nationwide peace pact following more than six decades of armed conflict with ethnic minority groups seeking greater autonomy.