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December 28, 2007
A Gripping Eyewitness Account to History
This piece by McClatchey special correspondent Saeed Shah is what makes journalism "the first draft of history:"
Bhutto turned to her deputy, Amin Fahim, and said she wanted to wave, Fahim recounted. The sunroof was opened and she stood up. If course, Mr. Shah doesn't have an idea who carried out the attack. But this gripping account gives us a "You are there" feeling when reading it - the mark of any great news story.
Three to five shots were fired at her, witnesses said. She was hit in the neck and slumped back in the vehicle. Blood poured from her head, and she never regained consciousness.
Moments after the shooting, there was a huge explosion to the left of the vehicle. Witnesses said that Bhutto's bodyguards pounced on the assassin, who then blew himself up, shredding those around him. Ambulance crews collected pieces of flesh from the scene. The road turned red with pools of blood.
I was standing near the rally stage, about 30 to 40 yards away from the scene of the shooting. There was pandemonium. On hearing the shots, I started running toward the scene. Then came the explosion. I ran back a bit. I didn't see the killer, and by the time I got to the gates, Bhutto's SUV was driving to a Rawalpindi hospital. She didn't have a chance.