THERE WILL BE BLOOD: Benazir Bhutto 1953-2007


NPR: Charred vehicles burned in overnight rioting lay at the roadside in the town. A mob in Karachi looted three banks and set them on fire, police said. About 7,000 people in the central city of Molten ransacked banks and a gas station and threw stones at police, who responded by firing tear gas. In the capital, Islamabad, about 100 protesters burned tires in a commercial quarter of the city. Paramilitary rangers were given the authority to use live fire to stop rioters from damaging property in southern Pakistan, said Maj. Asad Ali, the rangers’ spokesman. Violent mobs burned 10 railway stations and several trains across Bhutto’s Sindh province, forcing the suspension of all train service between the city of Karachi and the eastern Punjab Province, said Mir Mohammed Khaskheli, a senior railroad official. The rioters uprooted one section of the track leading to the Indian border, he said. About 4,000 Bhutto party supporters rallied in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Friday and several hundred of them ransacked the office of the main pro-Musharraf party, burning furniture and stationery. The office was empty and no one was hurt. Protesters, carrying the green, red and black flags of Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party shouted “Musharraf dog” and “Bhutto was alive yesterday, Bhutto is alive today.” MORE

CNN: The Pakistani Interior Ministry said Friday the suicide bomber who killed Benazir Bhutto has been identified as belonging to a militant group with links to al Qaeda, Pakistan’s GEO TV reported. The ministry said the attacker was with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi — a Sunni Muslim militant group that the Pakistani government has blamed for hundreds of killings — according to the report. The U.S. State Department lists Lashkar-e-Jhangvi as a terrorist organization and said it had links to the Taliban.

REUTERS: ISLAMABAD – Pakistani investigators reconstructed a mangled human head on Friday hoping to identify the man suspected of killing opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in a suicide attack. “We have retrieved a head and it has been reconstructed. We also found fingers and we’re carrying out DNA tests to make a comparison between the head and fingers,” said Saud Aziz, police chief in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad. A Reuters reporter at the scene moments after the blast saw a portion of a head, including a blackened ear and half a face on the road. Police cordoned it off. MORE
NEW YORK TIMES: Slide Show Of Bhutto’s Final Moments
RELATED: A really excellent photo album of Benazir here.

[Acrylic painting by LAPATA]

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