Deadly Violence in Pakistan As Bhutto Returns (UPDATED)

October 18, 2007 at 3:50 pm | Posted in Pakistan, Terrorism, violence | 1 Comment

Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan and just like that, bombs went off close to her convoy killing many Pakistanis.

(courtesy of B.K.Bangash/Associated Press)

Two explosions ripped through this city late Thursday night, killing dozens of people, after Benazir Bhutto, the Pakistani opposition leader and twice prime minister, returned from exile to her home city.

Her celebratory welcome, with hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets and dancing atop vehicles, turned chaotic when the blasts went off near a truck carrying the former prime minister, who was returning after eight years in exile.

The Associated Press, reporting on the explosions, said Ms. Bhutto herself was unhurt, although at least 30 people were killed and 100 wounded.

An Associated Press photographer at the scene said he saw 50 to 60 dead or badly wounded people. He said some of the bodies were ripped apart.

After an initial small explosion, a huge blast came just feet from the front of the truck carrying Ms. Bhutto during a procession through Karachi. The blast shattered windows in her vehicle, The A.P. said.

Televised views of the scene showed bodies in the nighttime city streets, crowds running through traffic that is at a standstill and the noises of sirens and people screaming.

This is really not good.

It seems the number dead has climbed well past 100. The updated article has the death toll at 126 with over 250 injured.

(courtesy of Aamir Qureshi/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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  1. No one deserves to die for the sake of a corrupt politician like Bhutto. Nobody deserves to die period, but it will be a double insult if she tries to turn this into a (false) claim that getting her into power will turn these poor victims into martyrs for democracy. Pity the poor people of Pakistan, most victims of a feudal system reminiscent of the middle ages and perpetually caught in the grip of bigger greedier forces, domestic and foreign.

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