December 26, 2007

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From Reuters:

Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, aides said.

"The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred," Bhutto's lawyer Babar Awan said.

A party security adviser said Bhutto was shot in neck and chest as she got into her vehicle to leave the rally in Rawalpindi near the capital Islamabad. A gunman then blew himself up.

There is no word out of the White House yet, but this is a very delicate situation. It should be interesting to see how they address it. There are already predictions that Musharraf will invoke martial law again.

UPDATE: (Nicole) In addition to Bhutto, snipers fired upon former Pakistani PM (and current candidate) Nawaz Sharif, killing four and wounding 16. Sharif was not harmed in the attack.

UPDATE: (John) He is now boycotting the election.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will lead a boycott of upcoming elections, even though President Pervez Musharraf met a key U.S. and opposition demand Thursday by announcing plans to lift a state of emergency.

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