Man beheaded, burned in Thailand's restive south

Suspected insurgents have beheaded and burned the body of a Muslim man on a rural road in Thailand's violence-prone south.

Police Lt. Zulkiflee Rasae says an army patrol unit found the burning, headless body Thursday on a pickup truck that was set on fire in Bannang Sata district in Yala province.

The man has been identified as 57-year-old Tuanda-oh Tuansulong, a grocery shop owner. His head was found in the bush near his truck.

Zulkiflee says investigators believe at least four suspected militants pulled over the victim's car and attacked him as he was on his way to a hospital for a medical appointment.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand's three southernmost Muslim-dominated provinces since an insurgency erupted in 2004.