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Bhutto placed under house arrest for 1 day, 5,000 supporters rounded up
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    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — President Gen. Pervez Musharraf placed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto under house arrest for a single day Friday — surrounding her villa with barbed wire — and rounded up thousands of her supporters to block a mass rally against his emergency rule.
    The crackdown dimmed hopes the two pro-U.S. leaders could ever form an alliance. A top U.S. official voiced fears it would obstruct the fight against Islamic extremism — a threat underlined by a suicide bombing in northwest Pakistan that targeted a Cabinet minister, who escaped unharmed.
    The U.S. called for the restrictions to be lifted, and the acting deputy commissioner for Islamabad, Aamir Ali Ahmed, said late Friday that Bhutto was again free to move about. But barriers and police remained outside her home.
    Party members said she would try to leave Saturday morning.

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