Policeman: Sudden Crowd Stopped Bhutto's Car

New reports deepen mystery around assassination
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2008 6:45 AM CST
Supporters of Pakistan's opposition parties clash with police officers in plain clothes during an anti-government rally in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. Benazir Bhutto's supporters called Monday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – New reports on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto point to the killing being a well-organized plot and suggest Musharraf's government knows more than it claims, McClatchy reports. A police witness says a crowd that appeared to be Bhutto supporters surged into the road and stopped her car. When she emerged from the sunroof to wave, she was shot.

"I don't know who they were or from where they came. They just appeared on the road," said the officer, who saw a man 10 feet away from him fire at Bhutto and is now recuperating from injuries sustained in the blast that followed. Another report identifies the make of the pistol recovered at the scene, and the triggering mechanism for the bomb, similar to 15 previous suicide bombings in the country. Many Pakistanis suspect the government was either involved in the killing or is covering up a huge security failure.