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Another Thai Buddhist Beheaded in Troubled South

A 34-year-old Buddhist clothes trader is the latest beheading victim in Thailand's troubled Muslim-dominated south.

Authorities say Lek Pongpa was sitting outside a tea shop during lunch time Wednesday in Narathiwat province when a suspected Islamic militant approached him and shot him twice in the back.

The attacker then cut the victim's head off, stuffed it in a sack and fled the scene. The head was later found dumped two kilometers away from the tea shop.

Mr. Lek is the fifth Thai Buddhist beheading victim this month, and the eighth overall since a Muslim insurgency broke out in January 2004. More than 700 people have been killed in the violence, which has been centered in Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.