Benazir Bhutto assassinated in Pakistan
RAWALPINDI (Pakistan) - OPPOSITION leader Benazir Bhutto died on Thursday from her injuries sustained in a suicide attack, a party aide said.
Mrs Bhutto, 54, died in hospital in Rawalpindi. Ary-One Television said she had been shot in the head.
'At 6.16 pm she expired,' said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Mrs Bhutto's party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital.
A senior military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to comment, confirmed that Mrs Bhutto had died.
Police said a suicide bomber fired shots at Mrs Bhutto as she was leaving the rally venue in a park before blowing himself up.
'The man first fired at Bhutto's vehicle. She ducked and then he blew himself up,' said police officer Mohammad Shahid.
Her supporters at the hospital began chanting 'Dog, Musharraf, dog,' referring to Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf.
Some of them smashed the glass door at the main entrance of the emergency unit, others burst into tears.
Sen Babar Awan, Mrs Bhutto's lawyer, said, 'The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred.'
At least 20 others were killed in the blast that took place as Mrs Bhutto left a political rally where she addressed thousands of supporters to canvas votes for January parliamentary elections.
Bhutto served twice as Pakistan's prime minister between 1988 and 1996. She had returned to Pakistan from an eight-year exile on Oct 18.
Her homecoming parade in Karachi was also targeted by a suicide attacker, killing more than 140 people. On that occasion she narrowly escaped injury.