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Benazir Bhutto's life a sweeping epic of blood and controversy

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Associated Press - December 27, 2007 11:13 AM ET

Benazir Bhutto's life a sweeping epic of blood and controversy

(AP) - The suicide attack that killed Benazir Bhutto cut short an epic life, one bathed in blood and awash with controversy.

Bhutto's father, himself a president and prime minister of Pakistan, was hanged. One brother died in France under mysterious circumstances. Another brother was shot to death in Karachi.

The Harvard- and Oxford-educated Benazir Bhutto rose to become the Muslim world's first female prime minister, only to lose office and flee Pakistan for most of a decade in the face of accusations she was corrupt.

And when, finally, she returned in October to marshal the opposition against President Pervez Musharraf, her homecoming parade was targeted by a suicide attacker. More than 140 people died. But the 54-year-old Bhutto escaped injury and threw herself into the campaign.

Bhutto was defiant to the end.

At a recent rally, she repeatedly shouted: "Bhutto is alive!"

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