Bhutto Assassination Video – Here are pictures and video clips of the assassination of Pakistani presidential candidate Benazir Bhutto, killed by an Al-Qaeda backed gunman who then blew himself up in an explosion that killed twenty Bhutto supporters.
Security forces were on high alert after a warning from Pakistan’s Interior Ministry that Al-Qaeda had targeted multiple politicians and judges, but were unable to prevent the Benazir Bhutto assassination seen in video below.
The attacker struck just minutes after Bhutto addressed thousands of supporters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, 8 miles south of Islamabad. 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 her vehicle at the time of the attack.
“She was inside the vehicle and was coming out from the gate after addressing the rally when some of the youths started chanting slogans in her favor. Then I saw a smiling Bhutto emerging from the vehicle’s roof and responding to their slogans,” he said.
“Then I saw a thin, young man jumping toward her vehicle from the back and opening fire. Moments later, I saw her speeding vehicle going away,” he added.
Bhutto was rushed to the hospital and taken into emergency surgery. She died about an hour after the attack.
A doctor on the team that treated her said she had a bullet in the back of the neck that damaged her spinal cord before exiting from the side of her head. Another bullet pierced the back of her shoulder and came out through her chest.
She was given open heart massage, but the main cause of death was damage to her spinal cord, he said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
A spokesperson for the al-Qaeda terrorist network has claimed responsibility for the death Thursday of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
“We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahadeen,” Al-Qaeda’s commander and main spokesperson Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid told Adnkronos International (AKI) in a phone call from an unknown location, speaking in faltering English. Al-Yazid is the main al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan.
The decision to kill Bhutto, who was the leader of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), was made by al-Qaeda No. 2, the Egyptian doctor, Ayman al-Zawahiri in October.
Death squads were allegedly constituted for the mission and ultimately one cell comprising a defunct Lashkar-i-Jhangvi’s Punjabi volunteer succeeded in killing Bhutto.
Bhutto is seen in this video addressing a pre-election rally on Thursday in the garrison town of Rawalpindi just moments before the assassination and the bomb went off.
Bhutto had come to Rawalpindi in Pakistan’s volatile North West Frontier Province (NWFP) in a campaign stop where she had talked about a war against terrorism and al-Qaeda.
Video of Bhutto Assassination
From Spanish news coverage. The Bhutto assassination happens just after her vehicle goes past a couple of trees about two minutes in, then all hell breaks loose.
Bhutto Assassination Video – Raw footage just after blast
U.S. officials issued a strangely tepid response to Bhutto’s assassination.
“Certainly, we condemn the attack on this rally. It demonstrates that there are still those in Pakistan who want to subvert reconciliation and efforts to advance democracy,” said deputy U.S. State Department spokesman Tom Casey.
Meanwhile, riots broke out across Pakistan as Bhutto’s supporters accused US ally Musharraf of complicity in her death.
And that’s the latest Benazir Bhutto assassination video clips and pictures