Bhutto Warned of Her Murder by Osama's Son

Names 4 hit squads in chilling posthumous autobiography
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2008 8:23 AM CST
A police officer keeps watch from the roof of a building in front of an election poster featuring Benazir Bhutto and her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 in Barakau, Pakistan. Benazir...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was told that four suicide bomb squads had been sent to kill her—and names Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama, as the leader of one, the slain leader says in an eerie, posthumously published autobiography. Bhutto's claim appears to bolster intelligence reports that Hamza, 16, is being groomed as a future al-Qaeda head, reports the Times of London.

Bhutto writes that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and a "friendly Muslim government" tipped her off that the hit teams included a Taliban warlord, Red Mosque militants, Karachi-based militants, and the bin Laden teen. Intelligence reports last September described Hamza as a senior al-Qaeda leader who had been waging jihad along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.