Thursday, December 27, 2007


By P. Vijian

NEW DELHI, Dec 27 (Bernama) -- Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been reported killed in a suicide attack in Rawalpindi this evening.

Unconfirmed television reports from Pakistan and India said Bhutto was attending a rally in the city when she was hit by a bomber and was critically injured, along with 15 other party workers and her political secretary.

The leader, who returned to Pakistan in October after a long exile to avoid corruption charges, was said to have finished addressing a political rally in Rawalpindi when the incident happened.

Both Bhutto and her Pakistan People's Party are currently campaigning ahead of the national elections slated for Jan 8 next year.

One the day of her arrival, last October, Bhutto narrowly escaped a double suicide attack when she was travelling in an open motorcade but nearly 140 people were killed in the carnage.

Early media reports in Delhi said that the mother of two was critically injured but later confirmed she died in a hospital where she was treated for neck and back injuries.

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