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Bomb, not bullets, killed Bhutto

A report released on Friday by British detectives investigating the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto states that she was killed by a single suicide bomber and ruled out a separate gunman. Her party rejected the findings.

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (Reuters) - British police investigating
the murder of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto
concluded she was killed by a head injury caused by the impact
of a bomb blast, not by a bullet, they said in a report
released on Friday.


The police also said all evidence suggested Bhutto had been
attacked by one person, who fired shots and detonated
explosives, and was not attacked by two people as many
Pakistanis had speculated.


Two-time prime minister Bhutto was killed as she stood up
through the sunroof of her armoured land cruiser to wave to
supporters as she left an election rally in the city of
Rawalpindi on Dec. 27.


Her killing raised grave fears about stability in
nuclear-armed Pakistan.


The government said she was killed when the force of the
bomb blast smashed her head into a lever on the sunroof but her
political party and her husband said she was killed by a
bullet.


The controversy over exactly how she was killed has only
fuelled suspicion government agencies were involved in her
assassination.


President Pervez Musharraf has denied he or any security
agency or the military were involved.


The government and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) say an al Qaeda-linked militant chief based on the Afghan
border was behind her killing.


In the face of widespread scepticism of the government's
explanation, Musharraf asked Britain's Scotland Yard to help
investigate the murder.


The British High Commission released an executive summary
of their report on Friday, which backed up the government's
explanation.


"The only tenable cause for the rapidly fatal head injury
in this case is that it occurred as the result of impact due to
the effects of the bomb-blast," British government pathologist
Nathaniel Cary said in the report.


"In my opinion ... Benazir Bhutto died as a result of a
severe head injury sustained as a consequence of the bomb-blast
and due to head impact somewhere in the escape hatch of the
vehicle," he said, referring to the sunroof.


No autopsy was carried out, at the request of Bhutto's
family.


The British team only investigated how Bhutto was killed,
not who was behind it.

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