CORRECTION NEWS Published: 6 Apr 2013 at 12.18
Online news: Local News There was no border clash between armed Thai men and Myanmar soldiers on Friday as reported by some media, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said on Saturday. It was just a misunderstanding by Myanmar authority, he added. There was a bushfire in the area when the 13 Myanmar soldiers, who lost their way in the forest, were calling for help from other patrol units through telecommunication radio, Mr Surapong said. Cracking sound from the forest fire, similar to those of gun shots, had caused other military troops hearing the SOS call to understand that the soldiers were being attacked and finally killed, he said. Citing a security source, local media on Friday reported that a group said to be forest encroachers killed 13 Myanmar soldiers at the border opposite Ranong. The source said the attackers exchanged gunfire with the soldiers patrolling along the border at Ban Inthanin Kwang in Kawthaung province in southern Myanmar, opposite Kra Buri district of Ranong. Two soldiers were still missing, the source added.
Bangkok Post က သတင္းပါ။ ေနာက္ဆက္တြဲ သတင္းပါ။ နယ္စပ္မွာ ဘာတိုက္ပြဲမွ မျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းပါ။
A group said to be forest encroachers killed 13 Myanmar soldiers at the border opposite Ranong on Friday, a security source said.
The source said the attackers exchanged gunfire with the soldiers patrolling along the border at Ban Inthanin Kwang in Kawthaung province in southern Myanmar, opposite Kra Buri district of Ranong.
Two soldiers were still missing, the source added.
The nationality of the encroachers has not been determined, according to the source. Earlier reports said the troops were attacked by a group of unidentified armed men.
Myanmar has sought cooperation from Thailand to prevent the attackers from fleeing across the border.
Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha had directed a task force in the district to keep a close watch on the border.
April 5, 2013 4:14 pm
Thirteen soldiers from Myanmar were killed on Friday in the far south of the country near the Thai border, Thai officials said.
Myanmar officials asked Thailand for cooperation in monitoring the border area after a firefight with an unidentified armed group left the soldiers dead, Deputy Thai Army spokesman Colonel Winthai Suraree said. Myanmar gave no further information, he said.
The incident happened near the southern tip of Myanmar across from Thailand’s Ranong province about 470 kilometres south of Bangkok.//DPA
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