A candidate in Iraq's January 31 provincial elections was on Saturday killed by gunmen outside his house in Babil province, south of Baghdad, police said. "A group of armed men killed Mohammed Hadi Layhub, a member of the Al-Umma party and a provincial elections candidate, at his house" south of Hilla, the capital of Babil, said Kadhem al-Shamari. Layhub failed to be elected in the provincial elections, in which allies of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki took the greatest number of seats.