Bhutto Dead


Obviously, the big news of the day is the assassination, in Pakistan, of former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto. The early reports suggest that an assassin shot Bhutto twice at close range and then blew himself up. On first blush, that sounds like the killers — if in fact they’re the same people — learned a lesson from the first attack when the blast pattern left Bhutto more or less uninjured. Also important to watch, there was a sniper attack on supporters of rival former PM Nawaz Sharif earlier in the day. We’re not clear yet whether he was present at that earlier incident or not, though earlier reports suggest he was not.

We’ll be following the story closely today, bringing you the latest and trying to find the context to help explain what it means. Watch our news section to the right for the latest.