Benazir Bhutto assassinated in bomb attack

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Some breaking news and links from the wire on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto:

Pakistan's Bhutto Killed in Attack (The Guardian)

Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, aides said. "The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred," Bhutto's lawyer Babar Awan said.
Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated in gun, bomb attack (Reuters)

Police said 16 people had been killed in the blast, which occurred during campaigning for a January 8 national election. It is unclear if the poll will now go ahead.
Russia condemns bomb attack in Pakistan targeting Bhutto (Xinhua News)

Russia on Thursday condemned the bomb attack in Pakistan that killed the opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, a foreign ministry spokesman said. Bhutto, former Pakistani prime minister, was shot Thursday minutes after she addressed a rally of thousands of supporters in the city of Rawalpindi, police said. The attacker blew himself up immediately after the shots.
Benazir Bhutto assassinated in Pakistan (AFP)

It was the second suicide attack at a Bhutto event since she had returned from exile in October, aiming to contest the elections, and comes amid an unprecedented wave of violence in the country. The deadliest terror attack in Pakistan's history targetted her homecoming rally just hours after her return, leaving 139 people dead.