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Thai Official Beheaded in Thailand's Restive South

A local official has been beheaded in the south of Thailand in what appeared to be a revenge killing after 85 people died at the hands of government forces last week.Thai police said 58-year-old deputy village chief Run Tulae was beheaded around 8 a.m. (8 p.m. ET Monday) and his head was found in a plastic bag on the side of a road in Narathiwat province accompanied by a hand-written note.The note read: “This was less than what has been done to the innocent” in an apparent reference to the death of 85 Muslim protesters who died on October 25.Tulae, who was a Buddhist, went missing late Monday night, police said.Thailand’s prime minister has said he will heed the words of the nation’s king to use a “gentle approach” in the aftermath of the deaths.”The king is very concerned about the situation and urges all security forces and state officials not to harm the people any longer,” Thaksin Shinawatra told reporters on Monday.Thaksin was criticized last week after 78 protesters died of suffocation while being transported to a detention center at a military barracks in Thailand’s restive, predominantly Muslim south following a riot.Full Story

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