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Myanmar rebels down military chopper in Kachin province

REBELS have claimed to have shot down a military helicopter in Myanmar, returning fire after air strikes had targeted the group near the town of Moemuk, in Kachin province.

According to the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the chopper was brought down this morning.

“The military council launched air strikes in that area since around 8 or 9 this morning ... using jet fighters and also fired shots using a helicopter, so we shot back at them,” KIA spokesman Naw Bu said.

The rebel group opposes the military junta, which seized power in a coup on February 1 citing unfounded accusations of electoral fraud in the November 2020 election.

According to the KIA, it has taken control of 10 military bases as fighting intensifies in the northern and eastern region of the country.

At least 765 people have been killed in a violent crackdown on strikes and protests in opposition to military rule, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners advocacy group says.

On Sunday, eight people were killed during protests branded “the global Myanmar spring revolution” by organisers.

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