Pastor kidnapped by Buddhist forces is reported dead in Myanmar

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Pastor Tun and his family (Gospel for Asia)

A pastor kidnapped at gunpoint by Buddhist militants in Myanmar (Burma) on 19 January is believed dead, according to regional reports, although Barnabas’ contacts in the region say that his body has not yet been found.

Pastor Tun was reportedly killed alongside several others held captive in Rakhine state by militants thought to be members of the “Arakan Army” (AA), an emerging ethnic Buddhist military force in conflict with the Myanmar Army.

Pastor Tun was a spokesman for his village and his Christian missionary work made him a target. Witnesses describe the AA as “truly brutal” and concerns are mounting that more abductions of Christians are likely.