Zhang Wei, a Chinese official that was in charge of social stability preservation was shot and killed in a southwestern Tiben prefecture according to state media. He was an ethnic official in the Sichuan province, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.
There has been ethnic tension in the area as over 120 Tibetans are protesting against the Chinese rule since 2009. Most protests take place in Tibetan areas located in the provinces of Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan.
The reasons behind the protests range from internet censorship and land seizures to religious muffling.
Zhang Wei,36, died during an attack that took place while he and his team were returning from an assignment meant to maintain order among villagers during caterpillar fungus harvest, according to a China News Service report.
There is no mention about the number of attackers but police identified Tibetan Xue Xia, 35, as the lead suspect. A bounty of 500,000 Yuan is being offered.