Friday, December 28, 2007

Bhutto Attack Probably a Taliban Plot, Ministry Says (Update1)

Bloomberg news has generated a fine piece of reportage through Khalid Qayum, and Khaleeq Ahmed, both in Islamabad . The article carries unadorned the formal statement of the Pakistani government, including its public defense of its efforts to secure Bhutto's campaign from threats and danger.

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Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) -- A Taliban commander linked to al-Qaeda is suspected of plotting the suicide attack that killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's government said.

Authorities have a taped conversation of the Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, in which he congratulates a friend for Bhutto's death, Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema told reporters today. ``Very brave boys'' took part in the assault, Mehsud said, according to a government transcript of the tape.

``We pray and wish that she had not come out of that sunroof to wave to the people,'' Cheema said. ``Police had advised her not to expose herself, that she might be harmed.''

To contact the reporters on this story:

Khalid Qayum in Islamabad at

Khaleeq Ahmed in Islamabad at

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