The Burmese military government has declared a group of ethnic Shan rebels to be a terrorist group, and has accused them of launching a series of attacks over the last several years.
In a report published in today's state-run newspaper, Burma's Minister of Home Affairs Major General Maung Oo says the Shan State Army-South routinely murders innocent people, plants bombs, burns houses and abducts villagers in the country for no apparent reason.
The Shan State Army is the largest of at least three rebel factions in eastern Burma that have been fighting the government for autonomy.
Burma has been ruled by a military government since 1962.
Information for this report is provided by AFP.