A PA official was shot and killed by unknown assailants near the West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday morning.

Ma’an News reported that Hisham al-Rakh, who headed a committee for public services, was shot multiple times while driving in the mountains around Jenin and pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Jenin governor Talal Dweikat denounced the killing and promised a thorough investigation.

Jenin has long been a center for terrorist activity. During the second intifida, it was the site of extensive battles between IDF and terrorist forces.

In May, former governor Kadura Musa died of a heart attack after gunmen opened fire on his home, leading to an extensive security crackdown, and in July, Fatah member Shami al-Shami was shot in the leg by unknown attackers but survived.

In April 2011 theater directer Juliano Mer-Khamis was killed by unknown gunmen.