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Gunmen kill election candidate in Iraq

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SAMEER N. YACOUB | June 14, 2013 12:21 PM EST | AP

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BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed a provincial election candidate in a drive-by shooting in a restive northern city.

A police official said the attack on Muhanad Ghazi occurred Friday as he was walking home in the city of Mosul.

Ghazi was running as a member of a party supported by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

A hospital official confirmed the death. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief the media.

Iraqi authorities earlier delayed the provincial council voting in two Sunni dominated provinces – Anbar and Ninevah – citing security concerns. The elections in these two provinces are due in June 20.

The attack came just a day after a failed assassination attempt on Ninevah governor, Atheel al-Nujaifi.