Suicide Bomber Attacks Benazir Bhutto’s Homecoming Parade

There are some extremists within Pakistan who are very unhappy with Benazir Bhutto’s return to the Muslim country; members of both al-Qaeda and the Taliban pledged to launch suicide attacks against the former Pakistani premier upon her return from eight years in exile. Despite the threat, Bhutto returned to Pakistan, and a homecoming parade was held in her honor in the city of Karachi. Tragically, the festivities were interrupted by a suicide bomber who managed to kill at least 133 people and injure four hundred more. It was the deadliest suicide attack in Pakistan’s history.

Bhutto, who was twice elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan and twice deposed from the same office, called the incident “an attack on democracy and … an attack on the very unity and integrity of Pakistan.” She vowed to fight the terrorists, saying, “If it means sacrificing our lives, then we are prepared to risk our lives, but we are not prepared to surrender our great nation to the militants.”


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