PAKISTAN RIOTS!! 10 Dead Following Bhutto Assassination
Pakistan erupts after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
Supporters of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto mourn in a hospital in Rawalpindi December 27, 2007, where she died after a gun and bomb attack. Bhutto was assassinated on Thursday as she left an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi, putting January 8 polls in doubt and sparking anger in her native Sindh province. (REUTERS/Mian Khursheed)
At least 10 are dead in Pakistani riots following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
The Daily Times reported:
At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded on Thursday as angry mobs took to the streets after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the Interior Ministry said.
“The death toll in the unrest after Benazir’s death is 10, mostly in Sindh province,” ministry spokesman Javed Cheema said. He said four died in Karachi, four in rural Sindh and two in Lahore.
Unconfirmed reports said a total of four people had been killed in Lahore. Sporadic gunfire could be heard echoing around the streets of Lahore. The markets and shops immediately closed down as paramilitary patrols roamed the streets in an attempt to keep a lid on the violence, a local police officer said.
Rawalpindi tense: Gun-toting PPP workers took to the streets in Rawalpindi and opened fire on election offices of rival political parties. To minimise danger, several political parties shut down their election offices. A vehicle belonging to PPP supporters was also fired upon in the vicinity of Sadiqabad Police Station.
Sindh situation grim: “Police in Sindh have been put on red alert,” said a senior police official. “We have increased deployment and are patrolling all the towns and cities, as there is trouble almost everywhere,” he added.
In Karachi, police said protesters burned at least 70 vehicles. A large number of armed youth also attacked dozens of industries located in the SITE area and forcibly shut them down. “They are reacting severely and are opening fire on factories in which they see any sign of life,” said Rehan Ali, a factory foreman.
Supporters of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto protest against her assassination after setting a bank on fire in her home town of Larkana, December 27, 2007. (Nadeem Soomro/Reuters)
Supporters of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto mourn in a hospital in Rawalpindi December 27, 2007, where she died after a gun and bomb attack. (Reuters)
Dozens of vehicles including trucks and buses were set ablaze, movement of trains to and from Karachi was seriously disrupted, and at least five persons were killed when violence erupted in Karachi following the assassination of PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto. Groups of violent people roamed around and resorted to indiscriminate firing, loot and arson. They torched a number of banks and petrol pumps and also looted shops in certain areas. Areas around Lyari, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Malir and Bin Qasim areas were worst affected.
The (Pakistan) Nation has a description of the assassination:
The suicide bomber repeatedly shot at Chairperson Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto with a 9mm handgun before blowing himself up outside Liaqat Bagh on Thursday to end a heroic chapter of the struggle for democracy in Pakistan.
Eyewitnesses and security sources said that the suicide bomber quickly fired five shots at 54-year old Benazir Bhutto exactly the moment she appeared out of the sun-roof of her white land cruiser to wave at the thousand of her cheering supporters while coming out of the Liaqat Bagh after addressing the rally.
Security sources also said that the killer was waiting for Benazir Bhutto to come out of the park after addressing the mammoth public gathering and managed have a close access to her white land cruiser jeep exactly when it touched Liaqat Road and was about to take right turn for going to Islamabad.
After being shot in the neck and head from a close range, Benazir Bhutto fell back into the jeep which got choked by a flood of PPP supporters chanting Jewe Jewe, Jewe Bhutto slogans (long live Bhutto),
“Immediately after shooting the target, the marksman blew himself up on the left of Benazir’s vehicle, resulting in killing more than 25 people and injuring dozens of others”, the police source further added.
Enraged protesters set fire to vehicles and attacked shops in Karachi, Lahore and elsewhere.