Sunni, Sunni, Sunni/Kurd/Shiite mix. Nothing like taking out the competition and intimidating the survivors.
The first murder occurred in Baghdad, where armed men opened fire on Omar Faruq al-Ani, a candidate for the Iraqi Concord Front, the main Sunni group in the country's parliament, police and army officials told AFP.
The second victim, Hazim Salim Ahmed, a Sunni standing for the Iraqi National Unity list, was shot dead outside his home in the northern city of Mosul, considered the last urban stronghold of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
The killing led local security officials to bring forward to Friday morning the planned 10.00 pm ban on cars, Major Shaban Dawad, of the Mosul police told AFP.
Also on Thursday evening, a third candidate from a mixed Sunni, Kurd and Shiite party, was killed along with two campaign workers as they put up election posters near the central city of Baquba