Couple slain in Pattani

A man and his wife were shot dead in broad daylight while selling tobacco in a market in Pattani's Mayo district on Sunday.

Pol Col Kong-arth Suwankham, the Mayo police chief, said the incident occurred at about 11pm at Palas market in tambon La-nga.

Witnesses told police that while Suchart Chanthabodi and his wife Kesorn were selling tobacco in the market two men approached them in the guise of customers and shot them in the head with pistols and took away their money bag.

The attackers then fled in the victims' pickup truck.

Police have yet to establish whether the attack was related to the insurgency or an ordinary robbery.

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