30 Dead In Blasts Near Bhutto In Karachi

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Two explosions went off Thursday night near a truck carrying former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on her celebratory return to Pakistan after eight years in exile. Police and party workers said Bhutto was unhurt, but an official said there were at least 30 people killed and 100 wounded.

An Associated Press photographer at the scene said he saw between 50 and 60 dead or badly wounded people. He said some of the bodies were ripped apart.

An initial small explosion was followed by a huge blast just feet from the front of the truck carrying Bhutto during a procession through Karachi. The blast shattered windows in her vehicle.

Footage from the scene showed bodies on the ground, lying motionless, plus a dozen or more injured who were moving.

Several motorcycles also lay on their sides. Flames burned in the center of the street after the explosions.

Scores of people, mostly men wearing white robes, fled down the street after the blast.

Neither Bhutto nor any of the others riding on the truck was hurt, police officer Hasib Beg said.

More than 150,000 jubilant supporters had surrounded the convoy carrying Bhutto amid massive security in Karachi.

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KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) _ Two explosions went off Thursday night near a truck carrying former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on her celebratory return to Pakistan after eight years in exile. Police said she was unhurt, but witnesses reported seeing dozens of dead and wounded.

Footage from the scene showed what appeared to be three bodies on the ground, lying motionless, plus a dozen or more injured who were moving.

Several motorcycles also lay on their sides. Flames burned in the center of the street after the explosions.

Scores of people, mostly men wearing white robes, fled down the street after the blast.

Neither Bhutto nor any of the others riding on the truck was hurt, police officer Hasib Beg said.

More than 150,000 jubilant supporters had surrounded the convoy carrying Bhutto amid massive security in Karachi.

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CBS and Associated Press contributed to this report.