The damaged church in Mongkoe is under repair by the Tatmadaw.
The inner part of the church damaged by the explosion on 3 December.
Nay Pyi Taw December 19-12-2016
A combined group of KIA/ TNLA/MNDAA/AA insurgents carried out attacks against the Mongkoe Town and Tatmadaw post of the town for 17 days launching bayonet fighting again and again with much superior force from 20 November to 6 December to overrun the post.
As the combined insurgent group used a church near the post as their command centre and arms and ammunition depot during the siege, clandestinely stored arms and ammunition in the church in Ward 2 in Mongkoe exploded for about two hours on 3 December morning.
Thanks to the round-the-clock area clearance operations of the Tatmadaw columns, regional peace and stability has been restored and the locals who fled the war are returning to their homes. Hence, the Tatmadaw after checking the damage of buildings is carrying out rehabilitation undertakings.
Beginning 13 December, the Tatmadaw is repairing the church where the explosion occurred on 3 December. Up to this day, finishing touches of the walls have completed by 100 percent, iron roof framing has completed by100 percent, steel beams installation has completed by 100 percent, painting has completed by 30 percent, roofing has completed by10 percent totaling 50 percent of the work has finished. Soon the church will be handed over to the local ethnic peoples.
The Myawady Daily