Anger And Violence Continue After Bhutto Funeral


Friday, December 28th 2007, 8:13 pm
By: News On 6


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- At least 27 people have been killed in violence across Pakistan following the death of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

Deadly rioting has erupted in several cities, with people looting, clashing with police, and setting buildings, trains and gas stations on fire. The deaths include five killed in fire at a garment factory. Another six died from suffocation when a bank was set ablaze.

Media reports say about 200 banks were attacked across the nation. Vandals have also burned several trains and railway stations in Bhutto's province, forcing train service to be
suspended.

The government has sent troops into the streets of several cities, and witnesses in one city say soldiers have refused to let people out of their homes.

Paramilitary rangers have also been given permission to shoot to stop rioters from damaging property.