Bhutto Blames Old Enemies for Bombing

Pakistani officials suspect warlord tied to Taliban, Al-Qaeda
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2007 9:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Benazir Bhutto today condemned last night's suicide bomb attempt on her life, which claimed more than 130 of her supporters' lives, calling it "an attack on democracy, an attack on the very unity and integrity of Pakistan."  At a press conference, she vowed not to retreat. "We are prepared to risk our lives and we are prepared to risk our liberty, but we are not prepared to surrender our great nation to the militants."

Bhutto reiterated that there had been four separate threats of suicide attacks on her life before her return yesterday; Pakistani officials suspect Baitullah Mehsud, a warlord with ties to the Taliban and Al Qaeda who had issued threats. Earlier she told Paris-Match she suspected supporters of of the late military ruler Mohammed Zia ul-Haq, who deposed and then killed her father. "I know exactly who wants to kill me," she said.