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Bhutto Visits Families of Bombing Victims


Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is in her ancestral district in southern Pakistan Sunday, meeting with supporters and visiting families of victims of the October 18 suicide blast that killed about 140 people.

Surrounded by heavy security, Ms. Bhutto made her way through hundreds of supporters today to offer condolences to the families of two party workers who were victims of the attack.

She is expected to meet later in the day at her residence with leaders of her Pakistan People's Party.

Ms. Bhutto was greeted Saturday by thousands of supporters as she arrived under heavy security in Garhi Khuda Baksh village in Sindh province.

After reading the Koran and sprinkling rose petals on her father's tomb, she told her supporters it was good to be home after more than eight years in self-imposed exile.

She returned to Pakistan 10 days ago through a power-sharing arrangement with President Pervez Musharraf.

But since her return, Ms. Bhutto has become a fierce critic of the government and its handling of the October 18th attack.

She blames the suicide bombing on political opponents of her father, former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was overthrown in a 1977 military coup and later hanged.

Police have detained several people for questioning and released a photograph of a second man suspected of involvement in the attempted assassination.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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