Gunmen kill election candidate in Iraq

Mourners pray over the two bodies killed in a car bomb attack before their burial in the holy Shiite city of Najaf, 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, May 20, 2013. A wave of car bombings across Baghdad's Shiite neighborhoods and in the southern city of Basra killed and wounded dozens of people, police said. (AP Photo/ Alaa al-Marjani)
Mourners pray over the two bodies killed in a car bomb attack before their burial in the holy Shiite city of Najaf, 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, May 20, 2013. A wave of car bombings across Baghdad's Shiite neighborhoods and in the southern city of Basra killed and wounded dozens of people, police said. (AP Photo/ Alaa al-Marjani)

BAGHDAD (AP) — 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.

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