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A Buddhist man beheaded in southern Thailand was among four people killed in a recent spike in violence blamed on Islamic insurgents there, police said.
A delegation from the world's largest Muslim group arrived yesterday in Thailand ahead of a visit by the organisation's leader who is to assess ongoing violence in the kingdom's Muslim-majority south.
The head of Nahdlatul Ulama, the world's largest Islamic group, began a mission here yesterday that Thailand hopes will help ease tensions in the Muslim-majority south where an insurgency is raging.
From the air, this southern island and the other surrounding isles of the Sulu archipelago look idyllic with hectares of verdant forest surrounded by white sandy beaches.
At least 14 people including 10 security force members were wounded yesterday in two near simultaneous bomb blasts in southern Thailand, which has been rocked by an Islamic separatist insurgency, police said.
An Indonesian Muslim group said yesterday it will send volunteers to help Iraq's insurgents fight US-led forces in the city of Fallujah.
The bloody clashes between the police and protesters Tuesday in which 84 people were killed could have been avoided if the people had not reacted aggressively, Tak Bai District chieftain Mustapa Chehase said Tuesday.
Suspected Islamic insurgents killed two police informants and wounded a government worker in separate drive-by shootings in Thailand's largely Muslim south, officials said.
Smear tactics against Indonesian presidential front-runner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono are increasing as the campaign enters its final days, an official of his party said yesterday.
Indonesian police said yesterday they have disbanded a paramilitary training course for members of a hardline Muslim group which is led by detained terror suspect Abubakar Ba'asyir.