Two female territorial defence volunteers were critically wounded in a drive-by shooting in Narathiwat on Wednesday.
Police reported that Mrs Saisuda Kongchon, 31, and Mrs Patcharee Ubonphakdee, 38, were travelling on a motorcycle along the road when a gunman riding pillion on another motorbike shot at them with a hand gun.
The assailants then fled. The volunteers sustained critical injuries and were taken to Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Hospital.
The Thai Royal Police blamed separatist militants for the ambush.
The “Deep South” provinces consist of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala have been wrecked by violence caused by insurrection and related criminal activities for more than a decade.
Little progress have been made in the peace building between the Government and the militant groups. Critics have also laid blame on the non-performance of former MPs and politicians from the Democrat Party who claim to have complete political control over the south provinces.
While Democrats have focused their activities in Thailand’s capital city, where most of their middle class supporters are located, the neglect on peace building by these politicians have left a scar on the south population. More than 5000 people have perished.