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Last Updated: Friday, 16 September 2005, 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK
'Militants' kill Afghan candidate
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Suspected Taleban militants have killed an election candidate in Helmand province ahead of the weekend polls, officials say.

Candidate Abdul Hadi was dragged from his home in the district of Hazarjoft on Thursday night before being shot, a spokesman for the local governor said.

The Taleban have vowed to disrupt Sunday's vote for parliament and 34 provincial councils.

At least six candidates have died in violence since early July.

The assailants fled in two vehicles after the killing, Mohammed Wali, provincial governor's spokesman, said.

Security forces are searching for the attackers but no arrest has been made, Mr Wali said.

Fighting with insurgents has left more than 1,000 dead in the past six months, the bloodiest period since the Taleban were toppled in 2001.

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