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Latest update : 2008-02-07

Investigation teams in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi arrested two suspects in connection with the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, according to a senior Pakistani official.


ISLAMABAD - Pakistani police have arrested
two more suspects in connection with the assassination of
opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, the interior minister said on
Thursday.
 

Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack on Dec. 27 as
she was coming out of an election rally in the city of
Rawalpindi, adjoining the capital Islamabad.
 

"Right now, I can only say that two suspects have been
apprehended in this connection," Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz
told Reuters.
 

Last month, authorities arrested 15-year-old Aitezaz Shah
who admitted being a a back-up suicide bomber for a team that
assassinated Bhutto. Shah and his "handler" Sher Zaman were
captured from the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan.
 

The government has blamed Baitullah Mehsud, an al
Qaeda-linked militant commander, based in a tribal region on
the Afghan border, for Bhutto's murder.
 

The latest arrests came as Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party
marked 40th and final mourning day of her assassination.
 

Date created : 2008-02-07

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