Teen Busted in Bhutto Killing

Youth says he was part of team dispatched by militant linked to al-Qaeda
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2008 9:39 AM CST
Teen Busted in Bhutto Killing
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 was assassinated Thursday in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally...   (Associated Press)

(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. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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