Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed today by an assassin who shot her and then blew himself up as she was leaving a campaign rally, ABC News has confirmed.The story is of course everywhere.
Bhutto was among at least 20 killed in the blast. A security adviser to Bhutto's party said she was shot in the neck and chest as she got into her vehicle to leave the rally in Rawalpindi, near the capital city of Islamabad.
The gunman then blew himself up.
"At 6:16 p.m. she expired," Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto's party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital, told The Associated Press.
Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday, shot in the neck and chest at a campaign rally before a homicide bomber blew himself up, killing at least 20 others.
Bhutto's supporters erupted in anger and grief after her death, attacking police and burning tires and election campaign posters in several cities. At the hospital where she died, some smashed glass and wailed, chanting slogans against President Pervez Musharraf...
While we mourn, we should also be concerned of the ramification for the GWOT. Clearly, in Iraq, Lebanon, and other places political assassinations have been used by terrorists to stir up trouble effectively, and it appears the same thing happened here. If this assassination leads to even more tension between Musharraf and his opponents, then that is exactly what the terrorists would hope for.