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Bhutto aide says she saw bullet wound

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

"There was a bullet wound in the back of her head, and it (the bullet) was (powerful) enough to come out from the other side," said Sherry Rehman, adding that the wounded Bhutto was taken to hospital in her car.

Rehman described as "absolute nonsense" the interior ministry spokesman's statement that Bhutto had died as a result of fracturing her skull when she hit her head against a metal lever on the sun-roof of her bulletproof vehicle following a suicide attack in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

Rehman, who was part of the group of women that bathed Bhutto's body before her burial yesterday, also dismissed claims that Bhutto had been hit in the stomach by a second bullet. "I saw her body and there was no wound in the stomach," she said.

"There is no confusion about the cause of her death, she was hit by a bullet," Rehman, who was Bhutto's spokesperson, told PTI on phone from Bhutto's ancestral village of Naudero in Sindh province.

She also described the government's account of Bhutto's death presented last night during a press conference by interior ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema as a "concoction" and a "cover-up".

Pakistani TV channels today repeatedly aired footage of the attack provided by the interior ministry, which showed one of Bhutto's personal security guards pushing off a man who tried to clamber on to her armoured vehicle as it left the venue of an election rally she addressed in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

(Reporting by Rezaul H Laskar)


First Published: Sat, December 29 2007. 17:41 IST