Pakistan opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally and then blew himself up. According to the AP, At least 20 others were killed in the attack on the rally for Jan. 8 parliamentary elections where the 54-year-old former prime minister had just spoken.
She was an inspiration to the Pakistan people, men and women alike. The first woman to lead a Muslim nation, Bhutto followed a political legacy, one that included her own father as Prime Minister in the 1970’s. Like his daughter, he too was killed, but by execution in 1979.
She survived an attempt on her life in October of this year. Like today’s attack, a man was able to walk right up to her van and detonate a suicide bomb. What does this say about security? The video from the October attack can be seen here:
Watching this video again now is chilling as the reporter talks about possible future attempts on Bhutto’s life.
Her official website has been unattainable since the news of her death. I would imagine that it may be down permanently.
Her body is being flown home and what is customary in Muslim religions, her body will be buried immediately on Friday.
Time magazine has a story about how Bhutto’s death effects the U.S, including President George W. Bush’s speech about the death of Bhutto.