BENAZIR BHUTTO KILLED IN BLAST!!
Bhutto was shot in the neck and the chest—
A suicide bomber then blew himself up.
At least 20 others were also killed in the blast.
Al-Qaeda took responsibility for the assassination.
Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto prays as she arrives in Karachi after eight years of self-exile in this October 18, 2007 file photo. Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack after a rally in the city of Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007, her party said. (REUTERS/Petr Josek)
JWF notes that this assassination comes 12 days before national elections.
BENAZIR BHUTTO IS DEAD!
The BBC reported:
Pakistani former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been killed in a presumed suicide attack, a military spokesman has announced on TV.
Earlier reports said Ms Bhutto had only been injured and taken to hospital.
Ms Bhutto had just addressed a pre-election rally in the town of Rawalpindi when the bomb went off.
At least 15 other people are reported killed in the attack and several more were injured. Ms Bhutto had twice been the country’s prime minister.
She was campaigning ahead of elections due in January.
Dawn News has several updates from Pakistan.
Here is a view of Benazir at her last speech today:
Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto speaks during her last public rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007. Bhutto was killed Thursday in a suicide attack as she drove away from a campaign rally just minutes after addressing thousands of supporters, aides said. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)
The blast caused carnage at the Bhutto rally. (BBC)
ABC News Australia has this on the attack:
Bhutto, 54, died in hospital in Rawalpindi. Ary-One Television said she had been shot in the head.
Police said a suicide bomber fired shots at Bhutto as she was leaving the rally venue in a park before blowing himself up.
“The man first fired at Bhutto’s vehicle. She ducked and then he blew himself up,” said police officer Mohammad Shahid.
Police said 16 people had been killed in the blast.
FOX News is reporting that Bhutto died during surgery after the attack.
Pajamas Media has a roundup on the assassination.
The Washington Post has a video report HERE showing the ambulance taking Bhutto to the hospital.
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (R) escorts her mother Nusrat as they arrive to attend the parliament session in Islamabad in this February 15, 1997, file photo. Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack after a rally in the city of Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007, her party said. (REUTERS/Muzammil Pasha)
Dead or injured supporters of Pakistan former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto are seen after a suicide attack in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007. (AP)
CNN has a report and video.
HotAir has statements from the presidential candidates.
Lawhawk is following the devastating news.
Jules Crittenden has questions.
The Long War Journal has an excellent roundup.