Myanmar Junta killed two Chin pastors last week
Two ethnic Chin pastors were murdered by the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) last week in the Magway Region and Chin State. According to Myanmar Now, a Christian pastor was killed during a military interrogation in Magway Region last week after being detained on suspicion of links to the People’s Defense Force (PDF).
Salai Ngwe Kyar, 26, from Sidoktaya Township, was arrested while traveling from his village of Thet Kei Taung to Saw Township on Dec. 6. An officer from the anti-junta Magway People’s Revolution Committee shared that he was taken to the local police station and then to the recent Defense Equipment Industry factory to be interrogated more.
On Wednesday, Salai Ngwe Kyar was sent to the Magway General Hospital for medical treatment and his family was notified on the following day that he had died. The source suspects that he was tortured to death, though the exact cause of his death remains unclear. Since his family had fled the region, his body has not been collected and attempts made by local people to retrieve his body has been unsuccessful.
A friend of the killed pastor shared that Salai Ngwe Kyar was a member of the Asho Chin ethnicity and was studying theology at the Asho Chin Baptist Seminary in Pyay Township. He worked as a pastor at the Thet Kei Taung village Christian Congregation.