Grief-Stricken Bhutto Supporters React with Fury

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Rawalpindi, Pakistan (AP) Grief and fury in Pakistan, following the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

Supporters have been attacking police and burning tires in several cities. At the hospital where Bhutto died, some smashed glass and chanted slogans against President Pervez Musharraf.

The 54-year-old former prime minister was killed by a suicide attacker who struck just minutes after Bhutto addressed thousands of supporters in Rawalpindi. Bhutto's security adviser says she was shot in the neck and chest by the attacker, who then blew himself up.

At least 20 others were killed in the attack.

Bhutto was rushed to the hospital and taken into emergency surgery. She died about an hour after the attack.

As news of her death spread, angry supporters took to the streets in the northwestern city of Peshawar as well other areas, chanting slogans against Musharraf. In Rawalpindi, the site of the attack, Bhutto's supporters burned election posters from the ruling party and attacked police, who fled the scene.

In Karachi, shop owners quickly closed their businesses as supporters from Bhutto's party burned tires on the roads.


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