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Published: December 27th 2007
I just received a text message from my friend Maddie in England, telling me that Benazir Bhutto has been killed about an hour ago in Rawalpindi - Islamabad's neighbouring city, a mere 15 km apart - in a suicide bomb attack. As my TV in the hotel doesn't work, I went down to reception, only to have these news confirmed by the ashen-faced receptionists. Everybody is standing around in silence, not quite knowing what to say or do.
I'm feeling rather shocked. I was supposed to be in Rawalpindi this afternoon - I had planned to go to the bazaars in the Old City - but then changed my plans because I felt tired and wanted to check out a few guesthouses in Islamabad. Only this morning I wrote into my journal how much I am enjoying the peace in Islamabad, but that somehow it felt almost too calm, as though there was a storm brewing up underneath the surface. I wrote 'I'm constantly aware of what bubbles beneath the surface - that things could blow up at any time.'
I feel very sad about Benazir Bhutto and the people who lost their lives in the attacks. May they rest in peace.
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