19 dead in fighting between army and rebels — Myanmar military

At least 20 injured were injured in the attacks against the country's military

At least 20 injured were injured in the attacks against the country's military

At least 19 people, including four members of the security forces, were killed by an armed group near the main border gate with China, a spokesperson for the Myanmar government told reporters.

The encounters between the Myanmar military and the Ta'ang National Liberation Army, or TNLA, have reportedly increased in recent months while the global focus has remained on the Rohingya refugee crisis in the western part of the country.

Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has so far failed to fulfill her top priority of achieving peace with ethnic minority insurgents. The sound of automatic gunfire filled the air as ambulances picked up the wounded.

Some 32 people, including 27 civilians, three policemen, and two local paramilitary forces were injured in the attack led by the Ta'ang National Liberation Army, or TNLA, on Muse town, a major border crossing with China, he added.

Government spokesman Zaw Htay said in a Facebook post that one police officer and three state-backed militia members had been killed while 15 of the dead were innocent civilians. "This is a terrorist attack".

Mai Aik Kyaw, TNLA's spokesman, told AFP news agency that they attacked military posts, a casino just outside the town of Muse on a road to Lashio.

Roughly 6,800 people in Kachin have been newly displaced since early April in clashes between the Myanmar army and the KIA, according to a statement by the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, issued Monday.

Upwards of 90,000 people reside in IDP camps in Kachin and Shan states since a ceasefire between the powerful Kachin Independence Army and the military broke down in 2011.