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Myanmar (Burma) military booby-trapping churches

Protests of the military overthrow of Myanmar’s democratically elected government in February 2021.
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A Christian Relief organization, Free Burma Rangers (FBR), reports that Myanmar’s (also called Burma) armed forces not only burned and destroyed churches throughout the country but have also been setting booby traps near the churches to kill or maim believers.

CBN writes:

In an unthinkable scene, a 16-year-old boy lost a foot after stepping on a landmine planted next to a church in a Karenni village in Burma. Placed there by the Burma military after they burned a Christian church, the violence is the latest in a string of civilian villages that have been pummeled by relentless attacks. […]

“The boy screamed in agony as the landmine exploded, ripping his foot off. Behind him, the church burned,” the update reads. “What was once a peaceful Karenni village has now been torn apart by the marauding Burma Army. Troops from Division 66 have been attacking this village all week. The villagers are hiding in the mountains behind the village and we have come to know them well over the last several days. Each day they pray their village is not burned.”

READ: Burma Church Burned, Booby-Trapped with Landmines as Teen Loses Foot in Shock Attack

With a population of 54 million, Myanmar, which also goes by the name of Burma, is the largest country on Southeast Asia’s mainland.

The country experienced a military coup in February 2021, shortly after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won the national election with an overwhelming majority.

Since then, the country’s military has been trying to crush any resistance to its rule.

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