Benazir Bhutto Assassinated in Pakistan

Grief and fury in Pakistan, following the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

Supporters have been attacking police and burning tires in several cities.

At the hospital where Bhutto died, some smashed glass and chanted slogans against President Pervez Musharraf.

Bhutto was killed as she campaigned against the government of President Pervez Musharaff.

Her murder comes two weeks before legislative elections in which her party was expected to do well.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was shot at close range as she was leaving a political rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan the morning of Dec. 27.

A suicide bomber then detonated explosives near Bhutto's car, killing at least 20 others.

The 54-year-old Bhutto was reportedly rushed to a hospital with extensive wounds to her torso.

Shortly after she arrived at the hospital, an official came out of the building and told a crowd of supporters Bhutto was dead.

This is not the first attempt on Bhutto's life.

Hours after she returned home in October after eight years of self imposed exile, a suicide bomber killed nearly 150 people in an attack targeting her motorcade in the streets of Karachi.

"I've been informed there are people trying to kill me," said Bhutto.

Bhutto's death comes 12 days before Pakistanis are set to vote in national parliamentary elections.

Her People's party was expected to win enough seats for Bhutto to become prime minister.

In a phone interview with the BBC on Dec. 27, another former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, accused resident Pervez Musharraf's government of not doing enough.

"The government should have taken measures and steps to protect her. It was a serious lapse in security that was being provided by government, they should have ensured safety and security of Bhutto," stated Nawaz Sharif.

At least 20 others were killed in the attack.


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