updated 8/25/2004 4:57:51 AM ET 2004-08-25T08:57:51

Gunmen opened fire at a convoy carrying the deputy Palestinian intelligence chief on Wednesday, killing a bodyguard and wounding him in the chest, Palestinian medical officials said.

Tareq Abu Rajab was traveling in a two-vehicle convoy in northern Gaza City when shots rang out, witnesses said. One of the vehicles flipped over.

Palestinian hospital officials said Abu Rajab was in stable condition and that his injuries weren’t life-threatening. In addition to the dead bodyguard, three other bodyguards were wounded, the officials said.

There was no word on who carried out the shooting. Rajab, who keeps a low public profile, is an old ally of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Most recently, he had been in charge of security for Palestinian diplomatic missions abroad, officials said.

The Gaza Strip has seen a wave of internal violence in recent months, as various factions vie for power ahead of a planned Israeli pullout next year.

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