Myanmar army bombed a Baptist seminary and injured 4 students
The Burmese army bombed a Baptist seminary in Myanmar last Thursday, injuring at least four men in their dormitory.
The Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s military junta, shelled Theological Seminary in the Kutkai area. According to International Christian Concern, there was no prior conflict between junta forces and local ethnic armed groups before the attack.
“The attack against this Kachin Bible school was certainly not an accident,” Gina Goh, ICC’s regional manager for Southeast Asia, said in a statement. “Instead, the Tatmadaw deliberately targeted a Christian facility knowing how important the faith is to Kachin people. This despicable junta regime should not be tolerated any further by the international community and needs to be removed at once.”
The men injured by shrapnel in the dormitory were Myitung Doi La, 24; Ndau Awng San, 27; Nhkum Sut Ring Awng, 21; and Sumlut Brang San, 22.
Video footage posted to Facebook shows damage caused by the bombing. Another video shows an injured student being escorted out of the building to receive medical treatment.
“They (the Military Council) hate our Kachin people so much,” the resident told 72 Media. “This is why we are being targeted and attacked. This looks like a planned shooting. My heart hurts so much. Since this happened, we Kachin people must be careful.”
Last Thursday’s incident is the third military attack in recent weeks. On Oct. 30, the army shelled and partially destroyed a Baptist church and hall in the Montauk township in Kachin State. The Myanmar army also launched an airstrike during an anniversary celebration for the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) on Oct. 23. At least 80 were killed in the attack. Hundreds of others were injured.