A ranking member of the Palestinian parliament-in-exile was assassinated Tuesday in Kuwait, a senior PLO official reported.

Refiq Shafie Kiblawi, the assistant deputy speaker of the Palestinian National Council, was shot as he was leaving his house in Kuwait by men who fled in a Volkswagen car, said Salim Zaanoun, deputy speaker of the council.Zaanoun said there was no indication who was responsible for the attack.