Two-Time Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto Assassinated

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Rawalpindi, Pakistan (AP) Two months after former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto returned from exile to Pakistan, a bomber has again attacked her celebrations.

This time, she didn't survive.

Her security spokesman says that moments after a political rally, she was shot. The gunman then blew himself up, killing at least 20 people.

The death of the charismatic Bhutto throws next month's elections into disarray.

She was a fixture in Pakistani politics, her life filled with violence and controversy.

Her father was one of Pakistan's founding fathers. She herself was twice elected prime minister, only to be forced from office. She left Pakistan in 1999 to evade corruption charges.

She returned in October as an opposition leader.

She was killed just a few miles from the scene of her father's violent death 28 years earlier. He was executed by hanging in 1979 on charges of conspiracy to murder that supporters say was politically motivated by the then-military regime. His killing led to violent protests across the country.

Now there are fears that violence will spread with the news of her killing.

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