Benazir Bhutto served as Pakistan’s prime minister during two separate terms between 1988 and 1996. Her return earlier this year struck an ideological and political blow against President Pervez Musharraf’s military rule. She was killed today:
Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack at a campaign rally that also killed at least 20 others, aides said.
The death of the charismatic 54-year-old former prime minister threw the campaign for the Jan. 8 parliamentary elections into chaos and created fears of mass protests and violence across the nuclear-armed nation, an important U.S. ally in the war on terrorism.
No person or organization has claimed responsibility for the attack.