CaptionFormer Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto adjusts her headscarf during a press conference at her house. Bhutto had returned to Pakistan four days earlier after eight years of self-imposed exile, in order to lead her Pakistan People's Party in upcoming elections. A suicide bomb attack during her homecoming parade resulted in 139 fatalities. Bhutto held prayers for those killed in the bombing, blaming Islamic militants for their deaths. In a second attack, after a party rally on 27 December, Bhutto was assassinated.