– VOA News
Burmese troops have clashed with ethnic Karen militiamen, sending thousands of people fleeing into Thailand a day after historic elections.
Officials say the rebels seized a police station and post office in the Burmese border town of Myawaddy to protest Sunday’s balloting, which has been widely criticized as unfair.
During a government counter-attack on Monday, at least one rocket-propelled grenade crashed into a shop in the Thai town of Mae Sot, injuring at least three people. Thai authorities shut down shops and schools near the border.
Wire agencies estimated the number of people who have fled into Thailand at 5,000 to 10,000. A VOA reporter saw about 200 people cross within a 15-minute period.
Similar clashes were reported at other locations along the Thai border. Sources in Myawaddy told VOA the fighting was still going on at midday on Monday.