John Moore, a photographer for Getty Images, said Bhutto was standing through the sunroof of her vehicle, waving to supporters, when two shots rang out.
Bhutto fell back into the vehicle, and almost immediately a bomb blast rocked the scene, sending twisting metal and shrapnel into the crowd, he added.Police sources told CNN the bomber, who was riding a motorcycle, blew himself up near Bhutto's vehicle.
Chaos erupted at the hospital when former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived to pay his respects to Bhutto less than three hours after her death.Hundreds of Bhutto supporters crammed into the entrance shouted and cried, some clutching their heads in pain and shock. Sharif called it "the saddest day" in Pakistan's history. "Something unthinkable has happened," he said
Sharif said his party will boycott Pakistan's January 8 parliamentary elections in the wake of the assassination.
President Pervez Musharraf said the killers were the same extremists that Pakistan is fighting a war against, and announced three days of national mourning.
Police warned citizens to stay home as they expected rioting to break out in city streets in reaction to the death.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
benazir bhutto assassinated
While addressing supporters, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto suffered a shot to the neck and was killed.
NTL mourns the loss of a great world leader and a shining light in the turbulent Middle East. Bhutto was a strong proponent of democratic values and she will be missed in Pakistan and around the world.