According to the source, the murder occurred late on Saturday. The people who killed Mayor Fayssal Awwad Ellou were alleged terrorists, the source noted.

The incident follows the assassination of Adnan Masri, a member of the Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Baʽath Party at the hands of militants in the southern town of Al-Shajara in late May.

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In this Tuesday, April 24, 2012 file photo, fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard during a hostage handover, in the desert outside Timbuktu, Mali.

The situation in the Middle Eastern country remains tense, as multiple jihadist groups continue to be active, targeting government officials and attacking military forces.