Disputes over the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in India have arisen the past few weeks and escalated in violence.

According to news reports from the area, the Isak-Muivah faction of a militant group known as the National Socialist Council of Nagaland have raided villages in Assam, setting houses and tea gardens on fire and attacking villagers. The contentious situation stems from disagreements over land and from ethnic clashes.

The attacks began August 16, and the violence continues. On August 20, the militants reportedly ambushed a police convoy, injuring two men.

There have been efforts to squelch the attacks, however. Both states have agreed to dismantle the police bunkers set up on either side of the border to keep watch over each other and patrol the areas together.

Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries working in the area have not yet been directly affected by the attacks, but they request prayer that the situation will quickly be resolved and the believers will stay protected from any attacks.