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Two pastors killed; Christians targeted by Burmese Army

CHIN, Burma — Two pastors died in December in Chin state as the Burmese Army continues its assault on Christians and churches, according to International Christian Concern.

Tatmadaw (Burmese Army) soldiers arrested Salai Ngwe Kyar in Magway Region of Chin state on Dec. 6. Two days later, he died in Magway General Hospital, reports ICC. On Dec. 13, two days after Tatmadaw arrested Pastor Om Kee, his body — with a bullet wound to his head — was found in a bush area.

ICC reports other recent incidents against Christians in Chin state:

  • United Pentecostal Church in Thantlang was among 19 structures set on fire Dec. 4. Since Sept. 9, more than 450 houses and five church buildings have been burned. About 10,000 people have fled to other areas or to India.
  • Michael Christian Church in Kanpalet and its convent came under weapons fire Nov. 28. The priests and sisters fled the town.

Chin state’s population is 90% Christian, ICC reports.

Burma (Myanmar) is No. 19 on Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.

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