Benazir Bhutto is dead

Whoa…I’m sorta in shock here. AP is reporting she was killed in a suicide blast.

RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN — Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto died today from injuries sustained in a suicide attack, a party aide said.

“At 6:16 p.m. she expired,” said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto’s party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital.

A senior military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment, confirmed that Bhutto had died.

I wonder how this will effect the upcoming elections in Pakistan.

NYT has a bit more information:

Witnesses said Ms. Bhutto was fired upon at close range before the blast, and an official from her party said Ms. Bhutto was further injured by the explosion, which was apparently caused by a suicide attacker.
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CNN reported that witnesses at the scene described the assassin as opening fire on Ms. Bhutto and her entourage, hitting her at least once in the neck and once in the chest, before blowing himself up.

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