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Famous Political Leaders Who Were Assassinated

As Americans commemorate the murder of John F. Kennedy on December 1, we take a glimpse on famous assassinated politicians. Benazir Bhut...

As Americans commemorate the murder of John F. Kennedy on December 1, we take a glimpse on famous assassinated politicians.

Benazir Bhutto: Pakistan
The Chairperson of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Benazir Bhutto was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan. B. B., the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state, after serving two consecutive terms as Prime Minister.

On 27 December 2007, Bhutto was killed while leaving a campaign during the run-up to the 2008 parliamentary elections. After entering her bulletproof vehicle, Bhutto stood up through its sunroof to wave to the crowds.

Shots were fired and subsequently explosives were detonated near the vehicle killing approximately 20 people, including Bhutto.

John F. Kennedy: USA

John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his death in 1963. On November 22, 1963, hardly past his first thousand days in office, Kennedy was killed by bullets as his motorcade wound through Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was the youngest man elected President – he was the youngest to die.

Indira Gandhi: India
Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was an Indian politician who served as the third Prime Minister of India from (1966–77) and (1980–84). Gandhi was the second female head of government in the world after Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka.

She was the only Indian Prime Minister to have declared state of emergency in order to ‘rule by decree’ – and the only one to be imprisoned after holding that office. She was assassinated on October 31, 1984, at Prime Minister’s Residence by two of her Sikh bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: United States In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means.

By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War. On April 4, 1968, he was shot as he stood on a balcony. An hour later, he was pronounced dead. The assassination led to a nationwide wave of riots in more than 100 cities.

Mahatma Gandhi: India
Indian political activist and spiritual leader, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India.

On 30 January 1948, Gandhi was shot while he was walking to a platform preparing to address a prayer meeting. The assassin, Nathuram Godse, was a Hindu nationalist with links to the extremist Hindu Mahasabha.

Laurent Desire Kabila: DRC
The President was killed by long-time bodyguard, named Rashidi Kasereka with a gun equipped with a silencer. Palace workers said Mr. Kabila was shot between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday after finishing morning meetings with ministers and military officers.

According to the accounts, Mr. Kabila was hit twice and fell. As the assassin was running away, he fired a third shot, touching the president's arm. However, the killing might have happened earlier in the morning – as uncertainty still prevails over the actual circumstances of the death. Many people were subsequently arrested. – WondersList/Irin

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