Death - assassination
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  • Occurred on 27 December 2007 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Bhutto, twice Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988-1990; 1993-1996) had been campaigning ahead of elections due in January 2008.
  • Shots were fired at her after a political rally at Liaquat National Bagh, and a suicide bomb was detonated immediately following the shooting.
She was declared dead at 18:16 local time (13:16 UTC), at Rawalpindi General Hospital. 24 other people were killed by the bombing. Bhutto had previously survived a similar attempt on her life that killed at least 139 people, after her return from exile two months earlier.
  • Forensic specialists and the Pakistani interior Ministry initially stated that Bhutto died of a skull fracture sustained when the force of the explosion caused her head to harshly strike the sunroof of the vehicle

The Assasination of Benazir Bhutto