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YALA: -- DESPITE BOOSTING its security measures, Yala's Yupparaj Hospital could not escape an insurgent attack when two of its trainee nurses were gunned down in the middle of a crowded market across the street on Wednesday.
Prasit Meksuwan, chief of the Civic Council in Southernmost Provinces, deplored the attack as he cited the analysis by security officials as saying the two gunmen were likely lying in wait for anybody who could be considered a Buddhist to leave the hospital.
Unfortunately, the two young women - Sutheera Phetjan, 29, and Kulradee Phetmak, 21 - ended up being the targets. Their families are now being provided with counselling and other assistance.
Meanwhile, Prasit urged Buddhists to avoid travelling alone or visiting markets, which he said were difficult to secure as there were far too many people and protection was often lighter.
Security sources say that these two women were randomly chosen for the attack because they weren't wearing headscarves. Also, they were possibly chosen as "soft targets" by a new breed of insurgents, who were possibly seeking to avenge the arrest of an ustad or Islamic teacher on Monday.
"However, the shooting happened in broad daylight in a market that was packed with people. This is beyond expectation," he pointed out.
Director of the Sirindhorn Public Health College in Yala, which had assigned 11 students to undergo apprenticeship at Yupparaj Hospital, said normally food was provided to students and members of staff inside the hospital and that security was tight for all hospital personnel.
She added that the two women were randomly selected because they were defenceless and also because they were clearly non-Muslims as they were not wearing scarves.
originally posted by: SlimBoom
a reply to: 727Sky
Apart from all the gun rights angles and how bad people exist and oh how they shouldn't, I think the answer to who did this was in the comment. If guns are so hard to get there, why would they waste their time and take a risk on these two women? Wouldn't a political or religious figure be a better option. It seems to me someone wants to stoke a litte fire of community unrest. Keep the 'domestic terrorist' line running, foment a bit of internal distrust. Great way to keep an illegitimate regime in place.
The deputy commander of Krong Penang district police station and two other policemen were killed when Muslim insurgents ambushed them late Thursday night.
The attack also injured a passerby, a Muslim local resident.
A person who does not belong to a widely held religion (especially one who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim) as regarded by those who do: my brother and I were raised, as my grandma puts it, as heathens (as plural noun the heathen) a chance of salvation for the heathen
Every Muslim I know personally is kind, friendly, giving and yes peaceful. We need to take the bigotry out of the thought process because until we do we will never get an answer to this problem, we have been trying to wipe them out for centuries, it does not work, we need a fresh solution, fresh ideas, and not ones born out of hatred
originally posted by: Snarl
Another sad display of how _not_ peaceful Islam can be in the wrong hands.
You asked about outrage had the tables been turned and this were two Muslim girls. I'd be _just_ as outraged. The difference is none of "my kind" would be targeting 'girls' to begin with.
The perps were cowards.