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Pakistan Arrests 2 Al Qaeda In Bhutto Plot

From a highly skeptical Reuters:

Pakistan authorities arrest two over Bhutto plot

January 19, 2007

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani security agents have arrested a youth who said he had been trained as a suicide bomber to kill opposition leader Benazir Bhutto had other militants failed to kill her, in the first arrests in the case, a security official said.

The 15-year-old and his militant “handler” were arrested in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan on Thursday night.

The teenager, identified as Aitezaz Shah, told interrogators he would have been “next in line” to kill Bhutto if another team had failed on December 27, the security official said on Saturday.

Former prime minister Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack as she left an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi on December 27.

The youth told interrogators he prepared for his mission in a stronghold of al Qaeda-linked militant leader Baitullah Mehsud in the South Waziristan region on the Afghan border, said the official who declined to be identified…

The government said Mehsud was behind Bhutto’s killing. CIA Director Michael Hayden, in an interview with the Washington Post published on Friday, blamed Mehsud for Bhutto’s killing…

Earlier, security officials said the youth had been arrested in Dera Ismail Khan while on his way to Karachi to attack Shi’ite Muslim processions

Mehsud has been blamed for a string of recent attacks, most on security forces, that has compounded a sense of crisis in the nuclear-armed country as President Pervez Musharraf has struggled to hold on to power in the face of protests from opponents…

Of course none of this matters to our media, who will never consider the case settle until Mr. Musharraf tearfully confesses to doing the murder personally.

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