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Pakistan election candidate shot dead: police

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A candidate running for parliament in next week's historic Pakistani election was shot dead on Friday along with his three-year-old son after praying in a mosque in Karachi, police said. 

Pakistan soldiers set up a checkpoint ahead of parliamentary elections in Karachi, on May 3, 2013. Pakistani police said a candidate running for parliament in next week's historic election has been shot dead along with his three-year-old son after praying at a mosque in Karachi.

It is the first time that a national assembly candidate has been killed in Pakistan's election campaign. Campaigning has been marred by Taliban threats and attacks, which have killed 63 people since April 11, according to an AFP tally.

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