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Benazir Bhutto Assassinated

Supporters of Bhutto carry her coffin after her body is released from the hospital. Source: Getty Images/Farooq Naeem hide caption

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Source: Getty Images/Farooq Naeem

The TOTN staff woke to breaking news in Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto was killed in an attack at a rally near Islamabad late last night (early this morning here), and it's thrown us into a whirl of planning for a news special in our first hour. Bhutto remained defiant in the face of threats as recently as October, when she was attacked at another rally — it's eerie to read her words in this op-ed soon after that attack.

I did not come this far in life to be intimidated by suicide bombers. There is a battle raging in Pakistan for the hearts and minds of a new generation. It is a battle for the future of Pakistan as a democratic nation.
The new generation will choose moderation or extremism; it will choose education or illiteracy; it will choose dictatorship or democracy; it will choose tolerance or bigotry; and it will choose peace or war. I returned to Pakistan this week to lead the fight for democracy. With the blood of my supporters on the streets and on our clothes, I reaffirm my commitment to these values.

More on the assassination in a few hours.