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Scotland Yard Says Bhutto Died From Blast

From a highly disappointed Associated Press:

British probe: Bhutto died from blast

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press Writer

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Scotland Yard said in a report released Friday that Pakistan’s opposition leader Benazir Bhutto died as a result of a suicide bomb blast, not a gunshot — findings that support the Pakistani government’s version of the events.

Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party immediately rejected the British conclusion and repeated its demand for a U.N. investigation.

The party says Bhutto was shot and suspects a government cover-up because Bhutto had accused political allies of President Pervez Musharraf of plotting to kill her.

The British probe also found that a single attacker both fired the shots at Bhutto and detonated the blast by blowing himself up moments later…

Musharraf has rejected the call for a U.N. probe but invited Scotland Yard to help establish the cause of death. After a two-and-a-half week investigation, their findings were released Friday in a summarized report issued by the British High Commission in Islamabad.

British Home Office pathologist Dr. Nathaniel Cary was quoted in a report as saying that “the only tenable cause” for Bhutto’s fatal head injury was the impact of the blast that went off as she waved to supporters from the hatch of her vehicle after an election rally.

“In my opinion Mohtarma 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,” Cary said in the report.

Pakistan’s government announced a similar conclusion shortly after Bhutto’s killing, which took place in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. It says the attack was orchestrated by a top Taliban militant commander with links to al-Qaida, Baitullah Mehsud…

Many Pakistanis reacted to the government finding in Bhutto’s death with skepticism since the bomb site was hosed down within hours of the attack and the conclusions were announced with haste.

“We disagree with the finding on the cause of the death,” said Sherry Rehman, spokeswoman for the Pakistan Peoples Party, who escorted Bhutto to hospital after the Dec. 27 attack. “She died from a bullet injury. This was and is our position.”

The Scotland Yard report said that despite the lack of a detailed search of the crime scene or autopsy of Bhutto’s body “the evidence that is available is sufficient for reliable conclusions to be drawn.” Investigators had relied considerably on X-rays and detailed examination of video footage of the attack, it said.

The report concluded that there had been a lone attacker, though earlier there had been suggestions that a separate bomber had lurked behind the gunman.

“In essence, all the evidence indicates that one suspect has fired the shots before detonating an improvised explosive device,” the report said…

Police officer Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, who is heading Pakistan’s own investigation, said they agreed with British findings. He said that a gun was fired but the bullets did not hit Bhutto.

Pakistani police said they also were close to finalizing their investigation into who carried out the attack — a field of inquiry beyond the remit of the Scotland Yard team.

During a televised press conference, Majeed confirmed that police had arrested two “important” suspects in the killing based on information from a 15-year old boy apprehended last month in northwestern Pakistan. The boy told police he was among a five-man suicide squad charged with assassinating Bhutto.

The two suspects, identified only as Husnain Gul and Rafaqat, appeared in court Friday and were ordered held for 12 more days. Majeed said they appeared to have provided help to the bomber.

Luckily this will have no affect whatsoever on the conspiracy theories of Mrs. Bhutto’s cult followers and our mainstream media. (But I repeat myself.)

There is no way this was done by the holy “Freedom Fighters” of Al Qaeda. It’s just not possible.

There must be some other explanation, preferable involving the CIA and George Bush.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 8th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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