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'Bhutto's guard killed in Pak attack'

world Updated: Jul 22, 2008 18:07 IST

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Unidentified gunmen on motorcycles shot dead a security guard of slain former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in the southern port city of Karachi on Tuesday, police and officials said.

Khalid Shahenshah, 45, who was Bhutto's personal security guard in Pakistan and had been a guard at her family's Karachi home since her death, was coming out of his house in the city when the gunmen opened fire.

"He had four bullets in his body and was shifted to a hospital where he died," Aijaz Durrani, the custodian of Bhutto's house in Karachi, told AFP.

Mohammad Ashraf, a local police official, said the assailants were on motorcycles and escaped after the attack.

"It is a cowardly act of terrorism," said Waqar Mehdi, a minister in the government of southern Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital.

"We don't know so far who is behind this but we are investigating."

Bhutto was killed in a suicide attack at an election rally in the northern garrison city of Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007.