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Jenin governor's death 'brought on by shooting'

May 2, 2012 5:12 P.M. (Updated: May 4, 2012 12:37 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- The heart attack that killed Jenin Governor Qaddura Musa early Wednesday was brought on by a shooting attack on his house the previous evening, officials said.

Around 11.30 p.m. Tuesday, unknown assailants opened fire on Musa's home in Jenin, police spokesman Mujahid Rabiya said.

The governor left his home with security chiefs to check-up on the security situation in the city, when he suffered the heart attack that killed him, presidential office chairman Hussein al-Araj told official PA news agency Wafa.

He died in the early hours of Wednesday in a Jenin public hospital, medics said.

Secretary-General of the Presidency Tayyeb Abdul Rahim told Ma'an the gunmen were responsible for the governor's death. He stressed that Musa was shocked by the shooting, in particular as he oversaw plans to restore security control in the northern West Bank city.

On April 15, a man was killed in shoot-out with Palestinian security forces in Jenin town Bir al-Basha and residents have since warned of a tense atmosphere in the area.

Abdul Rahim stressed that security forces had clear orders to track down the culprits, and any persons who threaten Palestinians' security.

"Qaddura Musa was in the forefront against those outlaws and criminals, and we think the Palestinian Authority will double its efforts in confronting them," he told Ma'an.

Rabiya said police were searching for a group of suspects throughout the Jenin area, but the number of suspects was not clear.

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