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Election candidate, two supporters shot dead in Pakistan

Islamabad, Apr. 30 (Xinhua-ANI): Unidentified gunmen shot dead an election candidate and his two supporters in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province early Tuesday, an official said.

Abul Fateh Magsi, an independent candidate for a provincial assembly seat, came under attack in Jhal Magsi area where he had gone for election campaign, deputy commissioner Saeed Ahmad told the media.

The Election Commission of Pakistan postponed election in the area and a new date will be announced later, a spokesman said.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police said that Magsi had gone for campaign Monday and when he resumed campaign Tuesday morning, unidentified gunmen fired at him, killing him at the scene.

Police sources said the election rivalry could be the main reason for the incident and Magsi had challenged influential candidates in the area for the first time.

Local TV channels reported that Magsi’s supporters and rivals exchanged fire for a few hours. However, firing subsided after security forces arrived at the area and controlled the situation.

It is the latest incident of pre-election violence as attacks on political leaders have increased ahead of the May 11 parliamentary elections. (Xinhua-ANI)

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