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Pakistan Update: Bombs Blast During Bhutto’s Arrival

Posted by K.E. White on October 18, 2007

Celebration turns to carnage as twins blasted went off near a truck carrying former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

From the Associated Press:

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Two explosions went off Thursday night near a truck carrying former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on her celebratory return to Pakistan after eight years in exile. Police and party workers said Bhutto was unhurt, but an official said there were at least 30 people killed and 100 wounded.

An Associated Press photographer at the scene said he saw between 50 and 60 dead or badly wounded people. He said some of the bodies were ripped apart.

The Times of India reports:

Militants linked to Al-Qaida, angered by Bhutto’s support for the United States war on terrorism, had threatened to assassinate her.

Bhutto returned to lead her Pakistan People’s Party into national elections meant to return the country to civilian rule.

Soon after arriving Bhutto, boarded the truck designed to withstand a blast in case of attack. Dressed in a green kameez, a loose tunic, her head covered by a white scarf, Bhutto had stood in plain view on top of the vehicle, ignoring police advice to stay behind its bullet proof glass, as it edged through crowds waving the red, black and green tricolour of her Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Some 20,000 security personnel were deployed to provide protection.

This grisly episode illustrates such how treacherous any political progress in Pakistan can be.

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