Myanmar army clashes with anti-coup militia – BBC News

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    The army in Myanmar’s second city, Mandalay, has clashed with a local militia opposed to February’s military coup.

    The clashes are the first time the People’s Defense Forces (PDF) – a collective name for militia groups that have sprung up in Myanmar since the coup – have come up against the army in a major city.

    Myanmar’s military junta has violently put down anti-coup protests in the country, killing hundreds of civilians.

    Until now, actions by the PDF have been limited to fighting in rural areas or small towns. Tuesday’s clashes brought the violence to a major city, marking a new phase in the fallout from the coup.

    According to local reports, troops raided a boarding school being used as a base by the militia, leading to an exchange of gunfire.

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    Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country’s largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.

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