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Bhutto supporters react with rage to assassination

Associated Press - December 27, 2007 10:23 AM ET

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) - Supporters of Benazir Bhutto are erupting in grief and rage following the assassination of the former Pakistani prime minister.

Aides say Bhutto was killed in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally.

A security adviser says Bhutto was shot in the neck and chest by the attacker, who then blew himself up.

As news of Bhutto's death spread, supporters at the hospital in Rawalpindi smashed glass doors and stoned cars. Many chanted slogans against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, accusing him of complicity in her killing.

The leader of a rival opposition party told mourners at the hospital that he would help them "take the revenge for her death."

Angry supporters also took to the streets in the northwestern city of Peshawar as well other areas.

The death of the 54-year-old Bhutto has thrown the campaign for the January 8th parliamentary elections into chaos.

An official at Pakistan's Interior Ministry says shortly after Bhutto's death, Musharraf convened an emergency meeting with his senior staff. They were expected to discuss whether to postpone the election.

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