Bombs Aimed at Bhutto Kill 130

Two bombs explode in crowds celebrating former PM's return
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2007 3:29 PM CDT
A scene of devastation after an explosion at a procession of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Karachi, Pakistan on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007. Two explosions went off near the vehicle carrying...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Two car bombs exploded in a crowd of supporters gathered to greet Benazir Bhutto as her convoy made its way through the streets of Karachi today, killing at least 130 people and wounding 150. The ex-PM was reported safe though one of the bombs exploded near the truck she was riding in. Several militant Islamist groups made threats on Bhutto's life before she flew back to Pakistan from Dubai this morning.

Police said the bombings may have been suicide attacks, the BBC reports. The streets were packed with hundreds of thousands of revelers as her heavily secured motorcade made its way from the airport to the site of a planned rally. Bhutto returned from 8 years in self-imposed exile after negotiating a power-sharing agreement with Pervez Musharraf that may lead to a return to civilian rule with Bhutto as prime minister.