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ISLAMABAD – A senior prosecutor investigating the 2007 murder of Pakistan's ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was shot down in an ambush on Friday morning near Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.

Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali was also Pakistan’s main state prosecutor in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, in which 166 people were killed.

Zulfikar was shot multiple times by gunmen on a motorcycle after he left home in a busy, middle-class neighborhood of the capital, The Lahore Times reports.

Police told BBC News that Chaudhry Zulfikar was on his way to the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi for a hearing in the Bhutto assassination case when his car was ambushed.

India’s news agency PTI reports that Zulfikar was hit by several bullets and lost control of the car. The vehicle hit a woman crossing the road and she too died later in hospital.

Zulfikar had been given extra government security last year after police investigators working on the Bhutto case received threats naming the prosecutor personally, Dawn reports.

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