Ex-Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto Has Died

Bhutto Murder
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Updates at Bottom.

I was just getting ready to blog about an attack on former Pakistani Prime Minister Bhutto when this just came on the email from CNN:
“Ex-Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has died, according to media reports.”

Here’s the news report about the attack:
Benazir Bhutto Wounded in Homicide Attack at Pakistan Rally; at Least 20 Dead

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was undergoing surgery Thursday after she was wounded in a homicide attack that killed at least 20 other people, a party aide said.

Sen. Safdar Abbasi said Bhutto was hit in the bomb blast and was in serious condition.

“BB is serious and she is in the operating theater,” Abbasi said. Other top party leaders were at the Rawalpindi General Hospital, crying.

The bomber attacked the former prime minister’s supporters as they were leaving a rally.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw body parts and flesh scattered at the back gate of the Liaqat Bagh park in Rawalpindi, where the rally was held.

He counted about 20 bodies, including police, and could see many other wounded.

Update at 08:25 on 12/27/07:
Supporters of Bhutto seem to believe that the current president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, is to blame.
I remember thinking to myself the day Bhutto first arrived back in Pakistan, that she was a “dead woman walking”. Between the aspirations of would be dictator Musharraf, and his minions of brain-washed Islamic lackey’s, she really didn’t stand a chance.
It will interesting to see what happens next.

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto Assassinated at Rally in Pakistan

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday, shot in the neck and chest before a homicide bomber blew himself up at a campaign rally. Twenty others also died.

The assassin struck just minutes after Bhutto addressed a rally of thousands of supporters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. She was shot as she was entering her car. Her attacker then set off his bomb.

Bhutto was rushed to the hospital and taken into emergency surgery.

“At 6:16 p.m. she expired,” said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto’s party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital.

“The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred,” Sen. Babar Awan, Bhutto’s lawyer, said.

The 54-year-old former prime minister’s supporters exploded in anger, smashing the glass door at the main entrance of the hospital’s emergency unit. Others burst into tears. One man with a flag of Pakistan People’s Party tied around his head was beating his chest.

Some at the hospital began chanting, “Killer, Killer, Musharraf,” referring to President Pervez Musharraf, Bhutto’s main political opponent. A few began stoning cars outside.

“We repeatedly informed the government to provide her proper security and appropriate equipment including jammers, but they paid no heed to our requests,” said Rehman Malik, Bhutto’s security adviser.

Nawaz Sharif, another former premier and opposition leader, arrived at the hospital and sat silently next to Bhutto’s body.

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