Update: Islamic Separatists Blamed for Murder of Buddhist Man and Four Others

June 15, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP


On June 15, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "An elderly Buddhist man has been beheaded and four people shot dead in the latest upsurge of violence blamed partly on Islamic separatists in southern Thailand.

The body of retired teacher Kamol Chunetr, 65, was discovered in Pattani province's Yaring district late Tuesday. His severed head was found in a bag on a road two kilometers (about one mile) from his house by soldiers on patrol.

'We believe his murder is linked to the unrest in the south but we cannot yet rule out personal conflict,' a police officer in Yaring told AFP.

Police said they found a note on the victim's body but would not disclose its contents."