Ethnic Karen guerrillas captured and burned a Myanmar army base, Tuesday, April 27, after launching an overnight attack.
READ MORE: A Myanmar ethnic rebel group says it has taken over an army outpost near the eastern border with Thailand.
Fighting broke out early Tuesday morning in an area near the Salween river, which separates Myanmar and Thailand. Villagers on the Thai side of the river reported hearing heavy gunfire before dawn.
Padoh Saw Taw Nee, a spokesman for the Karen National Union, said the group seized the army outpost around 5 a.m. local time (2230 GMT). Witnesses on the Thai side of the river said they saw at least six army soldiers running from the base.
Karen rebel forces have engaged in intense fighting against the Myanmar army since it overthrew the democratically-elected civilian government on February 1, attacking military and police stations in Karen state. The military responded by launching airstrikes against Karen rebels, displacing about 24,000 civilians in recent weeks.