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Bhutto assassination could bring outbreak of violence

Associated Press - December 27, 2007 9:33 AM ET

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) - There are fears that Pakistan could erupt in violence, after the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

Aides say she was shot in the neck and chest by an attacker who then blew himself up. The attack took place as Bhutto left a rally where she had addressed thousands of supporters in the city of Rawalpindi.

At least 20 other people were killed in the explosion.

A member of Bhutto's party who was at the hospital where she was taken confirmed her death. Bhutto's supporters exploded in anger, smashing the glass door at the main entrance of the emergency unit. Others burst into tears. Some began chanting that President Pervez Musharraf is a "killer." A few people outside began stoning cars.

The death of the charismatic former prime minister throws the campaign for next month's election into chaos.

Bhutto, who twice served as Pakistan's prime minister, had returned there from an 8-year exile in October. Her homecoming parade was also targeted by a suicide attacker, who killed more than 140 people.

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