Gunmen assassinate election candidate in Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) - A government official said gunmen have killed a politician running for a provincial assembly seat in southwestern Pakistan.

Mr Saeed Ahmad said Mr Abdul Fatah Magsi was gunned down on Tuesday in Jhal Magsi, about 350 km southeast of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

Mr Ahmad said the candidate's supporters fired back and killed two of the gunmen. He said the attack seemed to be the result of a political rivalry.

He also said the election in the constituency has been postponed, which is mandatory whenever a candidate is killed.

National and provincial assembly elections are scheduled to take place across the country on May 11.

Baluchistan is home to both Islamic militants and separatists who have been waging a bloody insurgency against the government for decades.