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Candidate in Nepal elections dies after being shot

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October 10, 2013 06:37 AM EST | AP


KATMANDU, Nepal — KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An official says a Muslim candidate in upcoming elections for Nepal's Constituent Assembly has died nearly a week after being shot in his home district.

Mahamud Alam, a leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist), was attacked by assailants last Friday, a day after he filed his candidacy in Bara district, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Katmandu.

Party spokesman Pradeep Gyawali said Alam succumbed to bullet injuries at a hospital on Thursday.

Police are investigating the motive for the attack.

The Constituent Assembly is tasked with writing a new constitution for the predominantly Hindu Himalayan nation. It also doubles as Nepal's parliament.

The interim government has announced that the elections will be held Nov. 19.