Riots, 'Disarray' Follow Bhutto's Slaying in Pakistan

Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated at a political rally in Rawalpindi on Thursday, two months after her return to Pakistan. We hear from Bhutto's media consultant Farah Ispahani, who was at the hospital in Rawalpindi when news of her death was released.

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And I'm Robert Siegel.

Our top story today is, of course, the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto. Killed in a suicide attack along with at least 20 of her supporters, Bhutto's death creates an extremely volatile situation in Pakistan. And today, people took the streets, setting fires and clashing with police in a number of cities.

(Soundbite of Shouting Supporters)

SIEGEL: That's the sound of Bhutto's supporters outside the hospital where she was taken in the city of Rawalpindi. Farah Ispahani, a member of Bhutto's media team, was there.

Ms. FARAH ISPAHANI (Bhutto's Media Team Member): There are riots starting in the grounds of the hospital, the (unintelligible). They are - people are chanting slogans against Musharraf. Electricity lines have been cut off. And people are crying(ph) and in disarray.

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