Ukraine vote candidate survives gun and grenade attack: Party

A Ukrainian election candidate allied to the prime minister was shot at and came under a grenade attack as he left his home late on Monday, and only survived because he was wearing body armour, his party said.

Kiev: A Ukrainian election candidate allied to the prime minister was shot at and came under a grenade attack as he left his home late on Monday, and only survived because he was wearing body armour, his party said.

Volodymyr Borysenko, from Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk`s People`s Front party, was being treated in hospital for shock after the assault - the first of its kind reported during campaigning for Sunday`s parliamentary vote, officials added.

Borysenko was attacked as he left his home in Boryspil, a dormitory town near the capital, the party said.

"He was first shot at and then a home-made bomb was thrown under his feet," the party added in a statement. Police described the bomb as a grenade but did not give details on how many attackers were involved.

"Body armour saved Volodymyr`s life. He has worn it since receiving phone threats," the party said.

Borysenko is running for a seat in the 450-seat parliament in the first parliamentary election in Ukraine since street protests overthrew a Moscow-backed president in February. 

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