The Pakistani government offered the transcript of an intercepted phone call today as evidence that the Benazir Bhutto's murder was the work of Baitullah Mehsud, an extremist linked to al Qaeda and the Taliban, the AP reports. In the transcript, Mehsud congratulates an operative for a "spectacular job" in the suicide bombing, saying, "They were very brave boys who killed her."
Mehsud is also said to be behind the October assassination attempt on Bhutto that left more than 140 dead. Meanwhile, rioters who blame the government for the attack ransacked banks and factories, burned trains and train stations, and battled police as the chaos erupting across the country claimed at least 23 lives. "Nobody is secure, there is total insecurity," said ex-PM and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif.