YALA, Feb 5 – Two defence volunteers were shot dead on Sunday morning in the southern border province of Yala while travelling to escort monks during morning alms rounds.
An unknown number of concealed attackers ambushed them from the roadside.
Supat Inthanok and Ronnachit Praiduang were each shot in the head in the provincial seat while they were riding a motorcycle to the Weruwan temple. They later died from these severe wounds.
The police collected spent bullet casings from an M-16 assault rifle and a 9 mm pistol at the scene as evidence.
The gunmen also took two AK-47 assault rifles of the two defence volunteers before fleeing. Tripod spikes were strewn on a road to prevent officials from pursuing them.