Pakistan’s Bhutto assassinated
By Augustine Anthony
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by a suicide bomber on Thursday, plunging the nuclear-armed country into chaos ahead of a general election she hoped to win.
Her death triggered a wave of anger in her native Sindh province, where she enjoyed huge popular support. In its capital, Karachi, angry crowds started fires and fired shots.
“She has been martyred,” said party official Rehman Malik.
Bhutto, 54, was assassinated as she left an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi and died in hospital. Police said the attacker fired shots at Bhutto before blowing himself up.
The attack brought widespread condemnation from around the world.
The United States, which sees Pakistan as a key ally in its battle against al Qaeda, had championed Bhutto as a popular leader who might help return the country to a civilian-led democracy after nearly a decade of military rule.
“The United States strongly condemns this cowardly act by murderous extremists who are trying to undermine Pakistan’s democracy,” President George W. Bush said in a statement.
Damn, she didnt even make it to the New Year. Read more about her murder here…