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Video Raises Questions About Bhutto Killing

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Video Raises Questions About Bhutto Killing

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New tape casts doubt on the official explanation of exactly how Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto died in the attack on her campaign Thursday.

BILL WOLFF (Announcer): From NPR News in New York, this is THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT.

(Soundbite of music)

ALISON STEWART, host:

Welcome to THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. It is Monday, December 31st, 2007. We're your home for news, information and things that fall from the sky. I'm Alison Stewart.

As for that last part, I have to take a minute. You know, we - Bill Wolff, my husband, sometimes co-host the show. He's always our Monday morning quarterback, talking about sports. But, Bill, are you on the line, hon?

WOLFF: Yes, darling.

STEWART: We watched the big Giants - I fell asleep, but you watched it.

WOLFF: Yes. Well, that's sort of the same as we watched it.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: And now we went to bed, and then at 3:30 in the morning…

WOLFF: Yes.

STEWART: …there was a crash in our apartment.

WOLFF: Unbelievable.

STEWART: Tell people what happened at 3:31.

WOLFF: Well, the crash, I should say, shook the building.

STEWART: Yes.

WOLFF: It literally - it woke us up with a start. And I would tell the audience a little too much personal information, but Alison Stewart is a person who does not curse ever.

STEWART: Very rarely.

WOLFF: But at 3:31, she did.

(Soundbite of laughter)

WOLFF: Not extensively, just a couple of choiced ones to say, what happened. Anyway…

STEWART: What possibly could have happened? You know that the…

WOLFF: The crash heard that shakes our building. And I think it's a gas pipe explosion. Alison is not sure what happened. We go downstairs and we have a little sun room on the back of the house, just a little room and we'd look up and the roof is partially caved in.

STEWART: It is. It's into the house - It's con…

WOLFF: Into the house and, you know, more - I don't know that you cursed at that point, but I certainly did and…

STEWART: And then I looked up and I realized there was convex and it was exposed, the roof has been broken and I said, is that an air conditioner?

WOLFF: Is that an conditioner? Okay, so...

(Soundbite of laughter)

WOLFF: So that is the process of going out, trying to look and see what is on the roof and, in fact, it's an air conditioner and Alison says out the back window.

STEWART: Hello.

WOLFF: And no one answers, as if someone's trying to get away with the fact.

STEWART: That's when I started to get mad.

WOLFF: Yeah. Somebody kind of messed up and let his or her air conditioner fall from the third-story window onto our roof, which led to a visit from the neighbors. We have an upstairs neighbor who's an excellent guy and his little brother's up from Florida. And his little brother brought his girlfriend, and she, apparently, decided that she had selective hearing. She didn't hear the host fellow, our neighbor, say, whatever you do here in New York City, the one thing you must not do is open the window.

STEWART: Is open the window.

WOLFF: Open the window or the air conditioner will crash down onto Alison's roof. But that happened, and then there were a series of apologies and theories about how to fix it, but mainly, there was the thought that the people who sell these sun rooms, like the one they sold to us, are going to sell like 10 jillion more of just bragging that elevators can fall from the sky and it still won't break. Amazing.

STEWART: I just want to tell you, hon - I know you got to go out, bone up for the sports report - but it fared well. Bill is not in the city last night and we did okay in the rain and snow storm, so.

WOLFF: Really?

STEWART: Yeah, with did a very good job of MacGyver covering that up with the tarps. So I'm very impressed.

WOLFF: So good. Okay, excellent.

STEWART: All right. Well, we'll get back to you in just minute with some sports. Thanks, hon.

WOLFF: Yeah, babe.

STEWART: Also coming up on the show, new developments in Pakistan. We'll also get the biggest medical stories of '07, and go to Laura Conaway for today's headlines in just a minute. I'll still have a hole in my roof.

But first, here's the BPP's big story.

(Soundbite of music)

STEWART: Big news is expected from Pakistan as the country remains in turmoil after last week's assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Pakistan's Central Election Commission will announce tomorrow if the parliamentary elections scheduled for January eighth will go on as planned.

As for the big news from the weekend, Bhutto's political party has picked her successor, and new video footage is raising questions about the official explanation of what killed her.

(Soundbite of explosion and firing)

STEWART: That is audio from a video obtained by NBC from Britain's Channel 4 News. In it, you see Bhutto's head and scarf move as three gunshots go off. The footage is waiting at least one expert to conclude that she was struck by those bullets.

The new footage may contradict the Pakistan's government official version of events. It says the gunmen did not kill Bhutto, but that she died after the suicide bomber detonated his explosive, which caused her to hit her head on the sun roof of the car. This all as Bhutto's opposition group, the Pakistan's People's Party, selected her 19-year-old son Bilawal Zardari to take over as chairman.

Mr. BILAWAL ZARDARI (Benazir Bhutto's Son): My mother always said democracy is the best revenge.

STEWART: Bilawal's father, Benazir's husband, Asif Ali Zardari, has said he will lead the PPP while Bilawal finishes his undergraduate studies at Oxford. We'll hear more about Bhutto's son and successor from Pakistani journalist Kamal Siddiqi. That's coming up in just a few minutes. That's the BPP's Big Story.

Now here is BPP's Laura Conaway with even more news.

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