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Church hit by military attack in Myanmar's Kayah State

Mortar shells hit the Kayan Tharyar village parish church in Myanmar amid fighting between government forces and resistance fighters on May 23. (Photo supplied)

Military operations against civilian resistance fighters in the village of Kayan Tharyar near Loikaw hit a Catholic church and killed at least four people, said a report reaching Radio Veritas Asia.

As the military attacked the village where resistance fighters were believed to be hiding, several mortar shells landed on the church on Sunday evening, said the report.

The Sacred Heart cathedral in Phekon was also reported damaged by the shelling.

Also on Sunday, clashes broke out in MoeBye on the Shan-Kayah state border, hitting civilian houses, according to reports from residents.

Resistance fighters later seized the MoeBye police station and at least 15 government troops were reported killed.

Prolonged clashes were also reported in Demoso Township in the state on Sunday. - Peter KyiMg/RVA News


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.