China executes 15 members of underground church China has executed up to 15 members of an underground Protestant church sect for the alleged murders of people in another group, a religious rights body and a lawyer said. There were reports the two sects had been feuding over the past few years and that both had kidnapped, tortured and injured adherents from the rival camp, he said. The China Aid Association a US-based group said their confessions were extorted through severe torture and the funds they were accused of defrauding were donations from Christians. Re: the accused group: "They are well known for their brutal ways ... so many mainstream Christian groups are terrified of them," he said. "Whether this is a religious freedom issue and whether the killings were motivated by religion, that's the debatable issue."