Two female trainees at Yala's Phra Yupparat Yaha Hospital were shot dead by suspected insurgents while they were shopping at the Ban Lakor Market at 3pm yesterday.
Police found the bodies of Sutheera Phetchan and Kulradee Petchmak, each with a gunshot wound in the head, and collected a 9mm spent bullet at the scene.
Initial investigation found that the two women, who were students of Sirindhorn College of Public Health in Yala and had been training at the hospital since July 1, had walked to the market to buy food. They were allegedly being tailed by two men at the market, one of whom pulled out a gun and shot the women before fleeing the scene. Police suspect this attack was part of ongoing unrest in the region.