Thai jihad update from AFP, with thanks to Twostellas:
BANGKOK : A policeman was killed on Tuesday in troubled southern Thailand, the first member of the security forces to be decapitated in a string of such brutal attacks over the past month, police said.
The body of 44-year-old Sergeant Samphan Onyala, who was on duty but
plainclothed, was found just after 8:00 pm (1300 GMT) in Yarang district of Pattani province, part of Thailand’s deep south that has endured 18 months of deadly unrest….
The series of decapitations comes amid an Islamic separatist insurgency in the predominantly Muslim southern tip of Buddhist Thailand. No one has claimed responsibility for the beheadings.
More than 790 people have been killed and 1,200 wounded since January 2004 in unrest authorities and analysts have blamed on a mix of Islamic separatists, organised criminals and contraband smugglers…