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Pakistani Governor Killed by Own Guard

Assassination likely to deepen country's turmoil
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2011 10:11 AM CST

(Newser) – A key Pakistani governor was gunned down by his own bodyguard today in Islamabad, in the biggest assassination the violence-wracked country has endured since Benazir Bhutto's slaying three years ago. Salman Taseer, Punjab province's governor and a key ally of President Asif Ali Zardari, was gunned down as he got out of his car in a posh shopping district, reports the BBC. "The governor fell down and the man who fired at him threw down his gun and raised both hands," witness said.

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"The police guard who killed him says he did this because Mr. Taseer recently defended the proposed amendments to the blasphemy law," said a Pakistani minister. The Pakistan People's Party will observe two weeks of mourning, but the slaying is likely to deepen the country's turmoil. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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