Myanmar rebels say gov’t fired artillery against HQ


YANGON, Myanmar — Ethnic Kachin rebels in Myanmar accused government troops of launching two artillery attacks Sunday against the city that serves as their headquarters, but no casualties or significant damage were reported.

Army forces based at a nearby outpost fired at least seven 105mm shells at the northern city of Laiza, four rounds in the morning and three more before dusk, rebel spokesman La Nan told The Associated Press.

A senior government official denied the accusation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media about the issue.

Fighting has wracked northern Myanmar since a cease-fire that held for nearly two decades broke down in June 2011 after rebels refused to abandon a strategic base near a hydropower plant that is a joint venture with a Chinese company. The conflict has forced around 100,000 Kachin from their homes.