Pakistani Terrorists Assassinate Bhutto

There seems to be no such thing as democracy allowed today in Pakistan. Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by a suicide bomber as she left a campaign rally. At least 20 others also died, according to police and witnesses.

Supporters of Bhutto rioted in the southern port city of Karachi after her killing, firing shots at police, setting tires and cars on fire and burning a gas station. At the hospital where Bhutto died, her supporters smashed glass and wailed, chanting slogans against President Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf blamed Islamic extremists and said he would redouble his efforts to fight them.

"This is the work of those terrorists with whom we are engaged in war," he said in a nationally televised speech. "I have been saying that the nation faces the greatest threats from these terrorists. ... We will not rest until we eliminate these terrorists and root them out."

The death of the charismatic former prime minister threw the campaign for the Jan. 8 election into chaos and created fears of mass protests and an eruption of violence across the volatile south Asian nation. The attacker struck just minutes after Bhutto addressed a rally of thousands of supporters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. She was shot in the neck and chest by the attacker, who then blew himself up, said Rehman Malik, Bhutto's security adviser. Sardar Qamar Hayyat, a leader from Bhutto's party, said he was standing about 10 yard away from Bhutto's vehicle.