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Musharraf admits Benazir possibly shot

Srinagar, January 07, 2008:

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has admitted that assassinated leader Benazir Bhutto may have received bullet injuries, and blamed her for exposing herself to assassins.

In an interview with the US based CBS television programme on Saturday, Musharraf, for the first time admitted that Bhutto may have been shot.

The interview, Musharraf's first since the Bhutto assassination was broadcast Sunday.

In the interview Musharraf tells the anchor Lara Logan, "For standing up outside the car, I think it was she to blame alone. Nobody else. Responsibility is hers."

Bhutto was killed in Rawalpindi last week while standing up in a moving car and waving to her supporters through the sun roof.

A gunman fired three shots before a suicide bomber blew himself up near her car at the time of her death and the Pakistan government said the concussion of the blast caused her to hit her head on the roof hatch. The Pakistan government had maintained that no bullets or shrapnel hit her.

However, later footage surfaced showing gunman shooting at Bhutto while she falls apparently with the impact of bullets before a bomb goes off. The footage caused embarrassment to the government.

Asked by Logan if he believes a gunshot could be the cause of Bhutto's head injury, Musharraf replies, "Yes, yes."

"So she may have been shot?" asks Logan.

"Yes, absolutely, yes. Possibility," says Musharraf.

Bhutto party has alleged that she had inadequate security.

"Even with the benefit of hindsight, you feel that you and your government did everything possible to give Benazir Bhutto the security she needed?" asks Logan.

Musharraf insists he did. "Yes, yes absolutely. And you have to…remember…she had the threat. So she was given more security than any other person."

CBS interview of Musharraf



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