A Buddhist woman was shot dead and her body set ablaze early today in Thailand's restive Muslim-majority south, police said, as the country's junta leader began a visit to the region.
Police said the 26-year-old's body was burned beyond recognition after she was killed while on her way to work on the outskirts of Yala town.
"It's the work of the same group of militants who are active in this predominantly Muslim village," they said.
The province of Yala has seen a surge in attacks this year, with 10 people killed on Monday alone. Four of them were shot dead while returning from the burial of a bombing victim.