Taliban assailants gun down a candidate running in Pakistan's upcoming elections, an official and Taliban spokesman says

Taliban assailants on a motorcycle gunned down a candidate running in Pakistan's upcoming elections today, an official and a Taliban spokesman said, underscoring threats to the country's former ruling party and other secular and political groups.

Fakhurl Islam, whose party has spoken out strongly against the militant group, was killed near his home in Hyderabad city in southern Sindh province, police official Saqib Ismail Memon said.

He had been running for provincial assembly in voting scheduled for next month.

Hours later, Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan claimed responsibility and vowed to continue such attacks in future.

The Taliban have threatened to attack members of the MQM because of its statements.