Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed a mayoral contender in a Caribbean coast city Tuesday in the 15th assassination of a candidate in Colombia’s upcoming state and municipal elections. Liberal Party candidate Jose Castillo was shot at by two gunmen as he left his home in Soledad, a city near the provincial capital of Barranquilla, police Gen. Luis Rodriguez told The Associated Press. Castillo’s six bodyguards did not have time to return fire before the assailants fled, Rodriguez said. The candidate was rushed to the hospital, where he died. Castillo, who had not reported any threats, was the sixth mayoral candidate in the Oct. 26 elections to be assassinated. Eight people running for city councils and one candidate for governor also have been killed. Full Story
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