Muslim teenager killed, burned in Thailan's Yala
A teenaged Muslim man was killed and his body set on fire in the latest deadly violence in Muslim-majority region Yala on Saturday.
A teenaged Muslim man was killed and his body set on fire in the latest deadly violence in Muslim-majority region Yala on Saturday, police said.
The 19-year-old man in Yala province was killed before dawn, his neck slashed, Police Lieutenant-Colonel Charoen Nuantong told reporters.
"His body was set on fire and he was left beside the entrance to a rubber plantation," he said.
There was no clue to who killed him.
Charoen said his death could be due to a personal conflict or intended to disturb the peace in the predominantly Muslim region, where nearly 3,500 people have been killed in five years of unrest.
Yala and the neighbouring provinces of Pattani and Narathiwat, abutting Malaysia, were a Muslim sultanate until annexed a century ago by predominantly Buddhist Thailand. Around 80 percent of people there are Muslim and speak a Malay dialect.
Pro-independence moves have arised ever since occupation.
Local Muslims largely oppose the presence of tens of thousands of police, soldiers and state-armed Buddhist guards in the rubber-rich region and many suspect the authorities of carrying out extrajudicial killings.
Reuters Last Mod: 13 Eylül 2009, 12:39