Allegra Stratton and agencies
Thursday December 27, 2007
6.30pm GMT update
Pakistan was plunged into deeper political turmoil today after the assassination of the former prime minister and main opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto, in a suicide attack.
As he confronted a situation that threatened to spiral out of control, President Pervez Musharraf condemned the attack as the work of terrorists and appealed for calm.
“This is the work of those terrorists with whom we are engaged in war,” he told Pakistan state TV. “I have been saying that the nation faces the greatest threats from these terrorists. Today after this tragic incident, I want to express my firm resolve.”
Benazir Bhutto rally hit by suicide bomber
By Matthew Moore and agencies
Last Updated: 12:54pm GMT 27/12/2007
A suicide blast has killed around 15 people in Rawalpindi, moments after opposition leader Benazir Bhutto addressed supporters in the city.
Ms Bhutto, the former Pakistani prime minister, had just left the political rally where the device exploded. She is safe and unhurt, according to police.
More than a dozen bodies are scattered across the site, according to witnesses. Some of the dead are thought to have been police officers.
Benazir Bhutto killed in attack
Thursday, 27 December 2007, 18:23 GMT
Pakistani former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated in a suicide attack.
Ms Bhutto – the first woman PM in an Islamic state – was leaving an election rally in Rawalpindi when a gunman shot her in the neck and set off a bomb.
At least 16 other people died in the attack and several more were injured.
President Pervez Musharraf condemned the killing and urged people to remain calm but angry protests have gripped cities across the country.
Security forces have been placed on a state of “red alert” nationwide.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack. Analysts believe Islamist militants to be the most likely group behind it.
Benazir Bhutto killed at election rally – 27 Dec 07
Shock and disbelief in Pakistan.
Former Pakistani Prime Minster Benazir Bhutto was shot in the neck as she was getting into her car after addressing a rally of PPP supporters in the garrison town of Rawalpindi.
She had been campaigning ahead of the elections due in January.
The life and times of Benazir Bhutto
She’s been an iconic figure in Pakistan’s politics for decades – and had been carrying on a family legacy that has had lasting a impact on modern day Pakistan.
Nick Clark takes a look at the life of the charismatic leader, who’s death has shocked a nation.
Former premier Benazir Bhutto among 17 killed in Pakistan : Pakistani opposition leader and former premier Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide attack on Thursday, plunging the nation into turmoil less than two weeks before elections.
Benazir Bhutto killed in attack : Ms Bhutto had just addressed an election rally in Rawalpindi when she was shot in the neck by a gunman who then set off a bomb.
Live video from BBC: Benazir Bhutto has been killed in a blast at an election rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Rioting engulfs Pakistan in wake of Bhutto slaying : Rioting engulfed Pakistan on Thursday hours after opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun and bomb attack as she left an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi.
Four killed in bomb blast in Pak’s central Punjab province: At least four people, including three children, were killed in a bomb blast in Pakistan’s central Punjab province on Thursday.
Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The main suspects: The main suspects in Benazir Bhutto’s assassination are the Pakistani and foreign Islamist militants who saw her as a heretic and an American stooge and had repeatedly threatened to kill her.
The Bhutto family tragedy explained: Benazir Bhutto’s father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was dismissed as Pakistan Prime Minister in 1975 and executed by hanging for conspiracy to murder a political opponent in 1979.
Bush condemns Bhutto assassination; demands justice : U.S. officials here scrambled to cope with the immense policy implications involving a nuclear-armed country that has received billions in American financial assistance and has been an ally in the war on terrorism.
U.S. Troops to Head to Pakistan: Beginning early next year, U.S. Special Forces are expected to vastly expand their presence in Pakistan, as part of an effort to train and support indigenous counter-insurgency forces and clandestine counterterrorism units, according to defense officials involved with the planning.
Kucinich: Assassination of Benazir Bhutto Represents Dangerous Moment For The World
Washington, Dec 27, 2007
U.S. Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) issued the following statement after learning of the death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Bhutto was killed in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in a suicide attack following a campaign rally.
“This is a very dangerous moment for the world,” Kucinich said.
“Benazir Bhutto represented a courageous effort to bring principles of liberty to Pakistan. She was truly dedicated to the people of Pakistan.
“The United States must change its policy direction in the region. It must stop adding fuel to the fire.”
Kucinich met with Bhutto several times over the years in both Washington, D.C. and New York City.
Benazir Bhutto assassinated – Obituary
Pakistan’s charismatic leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated today as gunmen opened fire at her vehicle just before a suicide attack at an election rally addressed by her in Rawalpindi.The attack killed more than 20 people and left several others injured.
Following Bhutto’s death, a high alert has been sounded in Pakistan. President Musharraf has convened an emergency meeting of top advisors. Shops and petrol pumps have closed in many cities fearing violence.
Added: December 27, 2007
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