Officials said Abdul Hadi, from the southern Afghan province of Helmand, was killed by Taliban militants outside his home early Friday morning.
A Taliban spokesman, Abdul Latif Hakimi, told local and international media outlets Hadi was killed by the Taliban because "he was an American supporter" and a candidate for the parliament, known in the Pashtun language as the Wolesi Jirga, or "House of People."
Hadi was the seventh Wolesi Jirga candidate to be killed during the lead-up to the Sept. 18 elections.
The Taliban ruled most of Afghanistan from the mid-1990s until their overthrow by U.S. forces in November 2001.
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