Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ASSASSINATED; (1) Grief: A Man Crouches in the Debris of Today's Attack. Benazir Bhutto's Assassin Killed about Other People When He Detonated a Bomb after Shooting Ms Bhutto (2) Final Moment: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, Waves from Her Car in Rawalpindi Seconds before She Was Shot Twice by a Suicide Bomber Who Then Detonated His Device Killing Her and 20 Others

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ASSASSINATED; (1) Grief: A Man Crouches in the Debris of Today's Attack. Benazir Bhutto's Assassin Killed about Other People When He Detonated a Bomb after Shooting Ms Bhutto (2) Final Moment: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, Waves from Her Car in Rawalpindi Seconds before She Was Shot Twice by a Suicide Bomber Who Then Detonated His Device Killing Her and 20 Others

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Byline: JOE MURPHY

BENAZIR BHUTTO was shot dead by a gunman today who then detonated a bombkilling himself and about 20 others.

The former prime minister of Pakistan tried to duck into a car as the manstarted shooting but was hit in the head and neck.

As guards opened fire the attacker detonated a device believed to have beenpacked with lead pellets. It caused carnage among the crowds of supporters whohad gathered to see her.

The assassin struck as Ms Bhutto, 54, left a park in the city of Rawalpindiafter addressing a rally of her Pakistan Peoples Party.

Oxford-educated Ms Bhutto was a leading figure in the opposition to PresidentPervez

Musharraf and had also vowed to take on Islamic fundamentalists. There werefears that Pakistan's elections scheduled for next month would be called offand that violent reprisals would break out. The assassination could plungePakistan, which is a nuclear power, into civil war, opposition groups warned.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband described the killing as a "senseless attack".Devastated supporters gathered outside the hospital where surgeons tried tosave her, hailing Ms Bhutto a "martyr". Demonstrators chanted "You dog,Musharraf ". Ms Bhutto had ignored pleas from aides to take greaterprecautions.

"She was very brave, she said she would give her life for Pakistan," said aideRiaz Khan. "A fish cannot live without water and she was the leader of the poorpeople of Pakistan and never wanted to be apart from them. She said, 'These aremy people and my children, I have to be with them'." Aides said the governmenthad refused to give her security equipment and protection officers. Her fatherZulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed in 1979 after being deposed as prime ministerin a military coup. Both her brothers died in mysterious circumstances and shesaid al Qaeda assassins tried to kill her several times in the Nineties.

Former aide Farzana Raja said her murder was "the act of those who want todisintegrate Pakistan because she was a symbol of unity". He went on: "Theyhave finished the Bhutto family. They are enemies of Pakistan." A suicidebomber killed nearly 150 people in an attack in October as Ms Bhutto paradedthrough the southern city of Karachi on arriving home after eight years. …

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