December 27, 2007

Pakistani Opposition Leader Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto Assassinated

Once again, we have more evidence of what Muslims do best - killing and maiming others. Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto , 54, was shot in the neck and chest at a campaign rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Thursday afternoon. A Muslim homicide bomber then blew himself up, killing at least 20 others. The death of the former prime minister threw the campaign for the Jan. 8 parliamentary elections into chaos and created fears of mass protests and violence across Pakistan, an important U.S. ally in the war on terrorism. Musharraf blamed terrorists for Bhutto's death and said he would redouble his efforts to fight them.

I'm sure Musharraf is not losing any sleep over her murder.

The Muslim attacker struck just minutes after Bhutto addressed thousands of supporters in the 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.

While al Qaeda is considered by the U.S. to be a likely suspect in the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Banazir Bhutto, U.S. intelligence officials say they cannot confirm an initial claim of responsibility for the attack, supposedly from an al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan.

An obscure Italian Web site said Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, al Qaeda's commander in Afghanistan, told its reporter in a phone call, "We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahedeen."

It said the decision to assassinate Bhutto was made by al Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman al Zawahri in October.