(International Christian Concern) – The Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Pekhon, Shan State in Myanmar was attacked by Tatmadaw military fire on Tuesday, November 9. The windows and pews of the church were damaged from the attack, but there were no human casualties. The attack was perpetrated by Myanmar’s military junta, which seeks to dominate over local militias. This is not the first time that this cathedral has suffered an attack from military fire. In June, the cathedral was also attacked by the same forces.
This attack occurred three days after a similar attack on a convent in the same township, the convent of the Sisters of Zetaman, located in Pekhon in the Jeroblous Marian shrine. Similarly, no casualties transpired in this attack. Pekhon township, the location of both the cathedral and the convent, has seen more than 10,000 displacements of residents due to the ongoing militancy of the Tatmadaw. The Diocese of Pekhon, together with the Diocese of Loikaw in Kayah State, are among the worst-affected regions in Myanmar.