7,166. 12/27/2007

On October 19, 2007, a failed assassination attempt on Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto killed 140 people. “On December 27 [2007], Bhutto’s enemies struck again, this time deploying a gunman to finish the job. In the minutes before Bhutto was killed in Rawalpindi, she was standing up through the sunroof of her armored vehicle–a sunroof that she had installed despite the pleas of many others. A videotape of the attack shows a clean-shaven young man, wearing a dark jacket, tie, and rimless black shades, stepping toward the vehicle. Using only one hand, the gunman shoots three times in Bhutto’s direction. Bhutto’s back is toward the camera. Her head scarf billows slightly, and she starts to drop inside the vehicle; the assassin detonated a bomb and the screen goes black. The government quickly fingered Baitullah Mehsud as the mastermind, an all-too-plausible candidate since he was the head of the Pakistani Taliban.”

 – Peter Bergen, The Longest War, Pages 262-263

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