The New York Times, citing Pakistan's state news agency, reports that Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has been killed.
The paper says Bhutto died in a gun and suicide bomb attack while attending a rally near Islamabad. She was taken to hospital where doctors tried to resuscitate her for 35-minutes before she was declared dead. The cause of death was given as shrapnel wounds.
The loss of Bhutto appears to leave Pervez Musharraf virtually unopposed in national elections set for next month.