Bhutto had just addressed a rally on Thursday in Rawalpindi when a lone attacker shot her in the head and detonated a bomb. 20 other Bhutto supporters were killed in the attack and severals injured.
Bhutto was leading a US offensive against al Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan which was to be greatly boulstered early next year.
These plans are now uncertain as Pakistan has become unstable. Analysts are wondering what al Qaida has planned to deal with the political fall out of the assasination. As we saw in Madrid, al Qaida always uses it's attacks to maximise the political effect and seldom carries out it's operations without a total policy.
Once again al Qaida has severly disrupted US Imperial plans for the region.