Bhutto’s former bodyguard shot dead

July 22nd, 2008 - 8:17 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Benazir Bhutto
Islamabad, July 22 (DPA) Unidentified assailants gunned down a senior bodyguard of Pakistan’s slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and her widower Asif Ali Zardari in the port city of Karachi on Tuesday, officials said. Gunmen lying in wait attacked Khalid Shahenshah’s pick-up truck as he drove close to his residence in an upmarket neighbourhood of Karachi.

Shahenshah sustained multiple bullet wounds and died in a hospital, said Ejaz Durrani, a spokesman for Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Television footage showed at least three bullet holes in the vehicle’s windshield.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident, which the party officials termed “a target killing.”

Shahenshah was among the bodyguards assigned to provide security cover to Zardari, who had taken over the reins of the PPP.

He was also part of a party security squad that was protecting Bhutto when she was killed in a suicide gun and bomb attack in the garrison town of Rawalpinidi Dec 27.

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