Teen Busted in Bhutto Killing

Youth says he was part of team dispatched by militant linked to al-Qaeda
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 19, 2008 9:39 AM CST
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signs a condolence book for slain Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, seen on portrait, Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington. Bhutto...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Pakistani authorities have arrested a teenage suspect in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, reports the AP. The 15-year-old said he was part of a five-person team sent to Rawalpindi by Baitullah Mehsud, a militant tribal leader affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Taliban, a senior Pakistani intelligence official said. A spokesman for Mehsud denied the allegation, which he called "propaganda."

US intelligence has also determined that the attack on Bhutto was part of a strategy by Mehsud to assassinate Pakistani leaders. Pakistani officials, meanwhile, intercepted would-be suicide bombers targeting the nation's Shiite minority during celebrations of the Ashoura holy ritual, which ends today. "With these arrests we have foiled major attacks," said Karachi's police chief.