Yet another reason why I'll probably never be granted a security clearence by the U.S. government ever again!
From Yahoo News:
YALA, Thailand (AFP) – Suspected Muslim militants decapitated a rubber-tapper and displayed his head on a stick outside his house in the latest violence in
Thailand's troubled south, police said Monday.
The attack comes amid a recent spike in bloodshed in the restive Muslim-majority region bordering Malaysia, where more than 3,700 people have been killed during a bitter five-year insurgency.
Police said the 53-year-old victim's body was found with the head, hands and lower legs removed at his makeshift house on a rubber plantation in volatile Yala province on Monday morning.
The attackers stuck his head on a stick and put it in front of the building, they said.
In neighbouring Narathiwat province, a suspected insurgent gunman riding a motorcycle shot dead a Muslim man in front of his house, also on Monday, police said.
Meanwhile a bomb hidden inside a motorcycle and triggered by mobile phone exploded in Narathiwat on Sunday evening, injuring ten people who were shopping at a weekend market, they added.
Thailand's government is struggling to curb the sudden upsurge in violence in the south that erupted in recent weeks, including a bloody attack on a mosque in which
gunmen shot dead 11 people during evening prayers.
The insurgents have in the past targeted both security forces and civilians -- Buddhist and Muslim alike -- ranging from teachers to rubber plantation workers.
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday raised the possibility of making the south a special administrative zone as a political solution to the unrest but ruled out granting any form of autonomy.
The southern region was an autonomous Malay Muslim sultanate until Thailand annexed it in 1902, provoking decades of tension which flared up into the current insurgency in January 2004.
This kind of stuff makes the red shirts and yellow shirts with their airport blockades, broom sticks, machetes and handguns seem kintergardenish.