by the stormy present
Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 08:44:07 AM EST
Not a lot of info yet. This AP story is in The Guardian:
Blast at Bhutto rally kills 20 | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
The Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has died after a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 15 people at a campaign rally.
The explosion took place today as Bhutto left a rally in Rawalpindi, near the capital, Islamabad, minutes after a speech to thousands of supporters.
The country's interior ministry has confirmed that the returned former prime minister has died.
She was critically wounded and rushed into emergency surgery. Her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, was earlier quoted confirming his wife was in a "serious condition" following the attack.
The Washington Post has more details:
Bhutto Reportedly Killed in Suicide Attack - washingtonpost.com
Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto was reportedly killed Thursday at a political rally, two months after she returned from eight years of exile, officials here said.
Bhutto was apparently shot at close range as she was leaving the rally in this garrison city south of Islamabad. Immediately after the shooting, a suicide bomber detonated explosives near her car, killing at least 15 other people.
Bhutto was rushed to a hospital with extensive wounds to her torso, her supporters said. Shortly after she arrived at the hospital, officials came out of the building and told her supporters that Bhutto was dead.
Also Thursday, a rooftop sniper opened fire on supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at a different pre-election rally in Rawalpindi, leaving four dead and at least five injured.
I found out about it, oddly, through a friend's Facebook status message.