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10/19/2021 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – In the midst of intense fighting between the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) and the local defense groups in Christian-majority Chin state, another church was vandalized by the Tatmadaw.

According to Chindwin News, on October 16, the junta has destroyed a Baptist church and other residential properties in New Thlanrawn village in Falam Township, Chin State.

On the same day, the military junta also burned down other 13 houses in the village. Villagers said that the Tatmadaw destroyed the Thlan Rawn Baptist Church after they failed to burn it down due to the rain.

On October 14, a combined force of Chin National Army, Chinland Defense Force- Hakha, and Chin National Defense Force carried out a joint strike against the Tatmadaw soldiers stuck between the main highway of Hakha city and Falam in Chin State. The attack resulted in seven destroyed military vehicles and several casualties on the Tatmadaw side.

Currently, all residents in the area have fled their village running into the jungle to hide as it is no longer safe for them to stay where they are. Thousands have sought refuge in neighboring Mizoram, which is also a Christian-majority state in India.

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