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world Updated: Dec 28, 2007 01:48 IST

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It is with emotion and indignation that I have learned the news of the brutal death in an attack of Mrs Benazir Bhutto. I
condemn this odious act with the greatest severity.

Nicolas Sarkozy, French President

She risked everything in her attempt to win democracy in Pakistan and she has been assassinated by cowards afraid of democracy.

Gordon Brown, British PM

I strongly condemn this heinous crime and call for the perpetrators to be brought to justice as soon as possible. This represents an assault on stability in Pakistan and its democratic processes.

Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general

This attack shows how extremely difficult it is to pacify a nation so wrought by violence…. We share the sadness of the Pakistani population.

Vatican

We obviously condemn the attack that shows that there are people out there who are trying to disrupt the building of democracy in Pakistan.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman