Bhutto Shot While Waving Through Sunroof
According to the account told by photographer John Moore of Getty Images, Benazir Bhutto was shot in the neck and chest as she waved to crowds of supporters - and at least one enemy - while standing through the sunroof of her vehicle leaving the Rawalpindi rally. From CNN:
The photographer who took the last known images of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto before her assassination Thursday told CNN he was "surprised" to see her rise through the sunroof of her vehicle to wave to supporters after delivering her speech.
"I ran up, got as close as I got, made a few pictures of her waving to the crowd," Getty Images senior staff photographer John Moore told CNN's online streaming news service, CNN.com Live, in a phone interview Thursday from Islamabad, Pakistan."And then suddenly, there were a few gun shots that rang out, and she went down, she went down through the sunroof," he said. "And just at that moment I raised my camera up and the blast happened. ... And then, of course, there was chaos."
This explains the initial question offered privately regarding whether or not Bhutto's vehicle had bullet-proof glass. Bill Roggio noted a logical possibility at the time, writing that "[t]he mode of attack suggests a level of training, discipline, and expertise of a military organization. If bullets penetrated Bhutto's vehicle windshield, which was no doubt was bullet proof, the shooter was using armor-piercing rounds and had good aim." We now know that the attacker was clearly at close range and almost certainly did not penetrate the vehicle's bullet-proof glass. At least that such was not necessary.
It was customary for Bhutto to exit rallies in such a manner - a characteristic clearly not lost on her attackers. In the end, Benazir's mass appeal was both her greatest strength and her fatal weakness.