SUSPECTED separatists decapitated a 60-year-old Thai-Muslim man in Thailand's violence-wracked province of Pattani, police said yesterday. Madu Ramae, a rubber plantation labourer, was stabbed to death and then decapitated Friday night in the Yarang district of Pattani, about 750 kilometres south of Bangkok, police said.
His head was found five metres away from his body.
"Since the conflict started in 2004 there have been 39 decapitations in the region, with more Thai-Muslim victims than Thai-Buddhists," said Srisompop Phiromsri, a political scientist at Songkhla Nakarin University in Pattani.
"The decapitations are either performed as acts of revenge against informers or as a result of conflicts of business interests," said Srisompop.
Acts of violence in Thailand's majority Muslim deep Southhave claimed more than 2,700 lives over the past four years. DPA
Sunday, August 10, 2008
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