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06/03/2022 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – The Johnson Memorial Baptist Church and ten civilian houses were destroyed in a junta attack in the deserted town of Thantalang in western Myanmar’s Christian-majority Chin state, according to media reports. 

Chin Human Rights Organization said it was the 29th arson attack in the town, and nine church buildings have been destroyed so far. 

At least 300 houses have been destroyed in the town, and more than 10,000 residents have fled as a result of indiscriminate shooting and shelling by the military since September 2021. 

St. Nicholas Catholic Church was completely burned down by the junta on Nov. 27, 2021. 

Chin state has been at the forefront of resistance to military rule and has witnessed fierce attacks, including airstrikes, heavy artillery, and indiscriminate attacks on civilians. Hundreds have been arbitrarily detained and dozens killed. 

The latest arson attack came within days of a raid and burning down of 320 houses in a historic Catholic village in the Buddhist Bamar heartland of Sagaing. 

The junta has ignored repeated calls by regional and international groups and countries to end the violence. 

The reign of terror propagated by the Buddhist nationalist army is targeted at ethnic areas populated with religious minorities 

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