Thai Soldier Beheaded, 7 Others Killed

January 14, 2008

Author: Sumeth Panpetch

Source: AP

Suspected Muslim insurgents ambushed an army patrol in Thailand's restive south Monday, killing all eight soldiers and then beheading one of them in a bloody clash as the rebellion enters its fifth year.

An army spokesman called the attack a reaction to what he claimed is the military's progress in tracking down rebel leaders. But it was the second blow for the government in two days, coming after six suspected militants escaped from jail before dawn Sunday.