Myanmar: Four killed by army in attack on Catholic church

Four civilians were killed, and eight more were injured in an attack by the Myanmar army on a Catholic church in Kayan Thar Yar village in Kayah (Karenni) State.

The incident on 24 May marked the latest in a series of attacks on Christians and churches which have taken place amid a wider crackdown on civilians in the aftermath of the 1 February military coup.

According to a statement by the Ministry of International Cooperation of the National Unity Government of Myanmar, at approximately 1am on 24 May, military forces fired a heavy artillery shell at the Catholic church in Kayan Thar Yar, where elderly people and children were reportedly hiding after fleeing their homes following earlier attacks on their village.

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