Prosecutor in Bhutto assassination case shot dead

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Gunmen on a motorcycle onFriday shot dead a prosecutor investigating the 2007 assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto,one of the most shocking events in the country's turbulent history.

Police sources said Chaudhry Zulfikar was killed as he left his home and headed to a hearing in the case.

“I was dropping my daughter to school when I heard the shooting and saw a white vehicle driving fast. I later heard gunshots and called the emergency and ran to the accident’s location. The victim was in a coma and a lady was lying on the ground near him,” a citizen -- who did not want to be identified -- has said.

Zulfikar was also the prosecutor investigating the 2008 attacks on India's commercial capital, Mumbai, in which 166 people were killed. India said militants based in Pakistan were behind the three-day rampage.

Bhutto's assassination is shrouded in mystery. She was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack after an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi, weeks after she returned to Pakistanfrom years in self-imposed exile.

A report by a U.N. commission of inquiry released in 2010 said any credible investigation should not rule out the possibility that members of Pakistan's military and security establishment were involved.

Bhutto was a fierce critic of Pakistan's Taliban andIslamist groups that had been patronised by elements of Pakistan's military. She was deeply mistrusted by the security establishment.

The killing of the prosecutor comes days after a Pakistanicourt put former president Pervez Musharraf on a 14-day judicial remand for charges of failing to provide adequate security for Bhutto before her assassination.

The former army chief, who has always denied responsibility for Bhutto's death, returned to Pakistan in March after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest the May 11 generalelection. But has since been banned from politics for life

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