A suicide bomber killed 115 and wounded 250 others in a failed attempt to kill former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Karachi today.
Benazir Bhutto, who was unhurt in the attack, has just returned from a eight-year-long self-imposed exile to participate in the political process under encouragement from the Americans.
Bhutto was traveling in a truck from the airport to her home in the port city of Karachi, her home town, when the attack occured.
Some of the bodies were ripped apart by the force of the explosion.
Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi – also capital of the Sindh province – is a cauldron of diverse ethnic groups and often ravaged by violence.
Bhutto has many enemies. Besides the country’s intelligence agencies that are unhappy over her return, the Taliban and Al Queda are also opposed to her for her support of the United States.