Benazir Bhutto Injured After Homicide Attack at Pakistan Rally … 20 Feared Dead (UPDATE: Benazir Bhutto Dead, Assasinated)
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — A party aide says Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was injured in homicide attack and is undergoing surgery.
The bomber attacked Bhutto supporters as they were leaving a rally on Thursday and at least 20 people were feared dead, police and witnesses said.
An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw body parts and flesh scattered at the back gate of the Liaqat Bagh park in Rawalpindi where the rally was held. He counted about 20 bodies, including police, and could see many other wounded.
UPDATE I: CNN is reporting … Ex-Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has died, according to media reports.
UPDATE II: Bhutto Seriously Injured by Suicide Bomb
UPDATE III: Benazir Bhutto Killed in Pakistan Explosion
Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack after a rally in the city of Rawalpindi on Thursday, her party said.
“She has been martyred,” said party offical Rehman Malik. (ABC)
Do they debate the issues of the opposition … No, they kill the message!
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide bombing that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, a party aide and a military official said.
“At 6:16 p.m. she expired,” said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto’s party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital where she was taken after the attack.
A senior military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment, confirmed that Bhutto had died.
Her supporters at the hospital began chanting “Dog, Musharraf, dog,” referring to Pakistan’s president Pervez Musharraf. Some of them smashed the glass door.
Supporters carry the coffin of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi December 27, 2007.
REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (PAKISTAN)
UPDATE V: Benazir Bhutto assassinated
While Bhutto appeared to have died from bullet wounds, it was not immediately clear if she was shot or if her wounds were caused by bomb shrapnel.
President Pervez Musharraf held an emergency meeting in the hours after the death, according to state media.
UPDATE VI: Pakistan: Al-Qaeda claims Bhutto’s death
A spokesperson for the al-Qaeda terrorist network has claimed responsibility for the death on Thursday of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
“We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahadeen,” Al-Qaeda’s commander and main spokesperson Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid told Adnkronos International (AKI) in a phone call from an unknown location, speaking in faltering English. Al-Yazid is the main al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan.
UPDATE VII: FROM THE BLOGGERS
Gateway Pundit: BENAZIR BHUTTO KILLED IN BLAST!!
Hot Air: Benazir Bhutto killed in bomb attack; Update: Al Qaeda claims responsibility? Additional updates
Flopping Aces: Benazir Bhutto Assassinated in Pakistan
Michelle Malkin: Benazir Bhutto assassinated