Pakistan is on high alert after Benazir Bhutto was shot and killed a few hours ago while attending a political rally. The former prime minister had recently returned to the country after ten years in exile, and was planning to run again for the prime minister position in elections scheduled for January 8th.
After Bhutto was shot, a blast from a suicide bomber killed over 20 people.
The resulting chaos is impacting residents in cities covered by our sister sites in Pakistan. From Metroblogging Karachi:
Karachi appears to be in a grip of unprecedented panic right now. There is obvious panic and everyone is shocked. As the offices get closed down, people are rushing to their homes in anticipation of protests.
Metroblogging Lahore urges residents to stay at home:
Or just stay wherever you are. The situation may get worse outside with people burning anything they come up with.