Bhutto Slumped as Shots Rang Out: Video

Husband calls official version of cause of death "useless excuse"
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2007 5:28 AM CST
Supporters of Pakistani slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto mourn at her grave in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh near Larkana, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 31, 2007. Election officials recommended Monday that parliamentary...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Newly released videotape of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto bolsters Bhutto's supporters' claim that the Pakistani opposition leader was killed by gunshot wounds and not—as the government insists—by hitting her head on her car sunroof when a bomb exploded. The video shows Bhutto slumping forward after gunshots ring out and before the bomb explodes, CNN reports.

Doctors who treated Bhutto have also come forward to say they felt pressured to go along with the government account of the cause of death, reports the New York Times. Bhutto's husband and supporters charge that the government version of the assassination was concocted to divert attention from the question of who was behind the killing—and from the government's failure to provide Bhutto with adequate security.