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Pastor reported killed, town abandoned in Myanmar fighting

In this Aug. 15, 2021 photo, makeshift tents are seen along the Myanmar-China border for residents from Pansai, Muse township who fled their villages. (Photo by MNWM / AFP)

BANGKOK (AP) — A resident says a Baptist pastor and three other men were killed and a town of 2,000 homes all but abandoned this past weekend in fighting in Myanmar’s western Chin State that escalated after a call for a nationwide uprising against the country’s military government.

The fighting Saturday between government troops and a local resistance group followed more than a week of smaller skirmishes in which at least two government troops were reported killed.

Chin State has had some of the strongest insurgent activity against the military-installed government that seized power in February from the elected administration of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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