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Myanmar border inhabitants return to Kokang after fighting ends

SOME 1,427 more Myanmar border inhabitants returned to Kokang ethnic region from Chinese border area yesterday after the end of the fighting in the region on August 29, bringing the total of the returnees to their homes to 10,731 as of Friday, the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported today.

The Kokang local people came back to Laukkai, the capital of the Shan State Special Region-1 (North), through Yanlonkyaing and Chinshwehaw border gates, the report said.

A total of 37,000 Kokang local inhabitants were officially estimated to have fled last week's days of fighting in the Kokang region to Yunnan Province, southwest of China, where they were provided with humanitarian care by the Yunnan provincial government.

The runaway border inhabitants started to return homes on Monday, a day after the Myanmar government announced on Sunday night that it has been able to restore peace and stability in the region.

In another report of the newspaper today, the Kokang authorities comprising local battalion and anti-drug squad combed the area near a border post in Laukkai on Wednesday and seized one more TNT arms factory with seven buildings.

The Kokang region, bordering China's Zhen Kung, Geng Ma, Meng Ding and Long Ling areas, has a population of about 150,000.


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