RAWALPINDI: Former Prime Minister and Chairperson Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Benazir Bhutto was killed along with 30 other people in an apparent suicide attack outside Liaquat Bagh here on Thursday. Bhutto had just addressed a rally of PPP supporters in Liaqat Bagh, Rawalpindi when the rally was hit by a blast. At least 30 other people are reported killed in the attack. Bhutto has twice been the country’s prime minister and was campaigning for the forthcoming election, scheduled to be held on January 8. The PPP Chairperson had just addressed an election rally in Rawalpindi when she was shot in the neck by a gunman who then reportedly set off a bomb. At least 30 other people died in the attack and several more were injured.
It was the second suicide attack against Benazir Bhutto in recent months and comes amid a wave of bombings targeting security and government officials. She was attacked for the first time on October 18 on her return to Pakistan from self-exile that killed more than 139 people and injuring more than 450. Bhutto’s death has plunged her party and the nation into confusion and raised questions about whether January elections will go ahead as planned.
The explosion occurred close to an entrance gate of the park in Rawalpindi where Ms Bhutto had been speaking, eyewitness said. Some supporters wept while others exploded in anger, throwing stones at cars and breaking windows. Police confirmed reports Ms Bhutto had been shot in the neck and chest before the gunman blew himself up.