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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bhutto Says Blast Won't Deter Her

KARACHI, Pakistan -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto appeared in public Sunday for the first time since an attack on her homecoming convoy, visiting hospitalized victims and vowing that the assassination attempt would not keep her away from the public.

Thursday's attack, which killed at least 136 people and injured more than 200, was one of the deadliest in Pakistan's turbulent history.

"We will continue to meet the public. We will not be deterred," Bhutto said shortly after visiting bomb blast victims at a Karachi hospital.

Bhutto called for an independent inquiry into the assassination attempt and asked again why streetlights were not working when her convoy was inching its way through the darkness Thursday.

Bhutto also called on the international community for help in the investigation and repeated her assertion that extremists had infiltrated the government and its security apparatus.

"The closet supporters of militants and al-Qaida are determined to stop the restoration of democracy because they see it as a threat to the structure of militancy they have put into place," Bhutto said.

The People's Party declared a national day of mourning Sunday for victims of the attack, in which a grenade explosion was followed by a suicide bomber who blew himself up with a device laden with shrapnel. Many of Bhutto's guards were killed.