Gunmen massacre tourists in Pakistan
A group of foreign tourists and a Pakistani guide are killed by gunmen in a remote trekking community in Gilgil-Baltistan.PT1M2S http://www.dailylife.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2or7r 620 349 June 24, 2013
Pakistan: Islamic militants disguised as policemen have killed 10 foreign climbers and a Pakistani guide in a brazen raid against their campsite at the base of one of the world’s tallest mountains in northern Pakistan.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack at the base camp of Nanga Parbat, saying it was to avenge the death of their deputy leader in a US drone strike last month.
Killer mountain: Gunmen killed nine foreign tourists and one Pakistani as they were visiting one of the world's highest mountains. Photo: AP
The attack took place in an area that has largely been peaceful, hundreds of kilometres from the Taliban’s major sanctuaries along the Afghan border.
The Taliban began their attack by abducting two local guides to take them to the remote base camp in Gilgit-Baltisan, said Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
One of the guides was killed in the shooting, and the other has been detained for questioning.The attackers disguised themselves by wearing uniforms used by the Gilgit Scounts, a paramilitary force that patrols the area, Khan said.
Around 15 gunmen attacked the camp at around 11pm Saturday (local time), said the Alpine Club of Pakistan, which spoke with a local guide, Sawal Faqir, who survived the shooting.
They began by beating the mountaineers and taking away any mobile and satellite phones they could find, as well as everyone’s money, said the club in a statement.
Some climbers and guides were able to run away, but those that weren’t were shot dead, said the club.
Faqir was able to hide a satellite phone and eventually used it to notify authorities of the attack.Attaur Rehman, the home secretary in Gilgit-Baltistan, said 10 foreigners and one Pakistani were killed in the attack.
The dead foreigners included three Ukrainians, two Slovakians, two Chinese, one Lithuanian, one Nepalese and one Chinese-American, according to Rehman and tour operators who were working with the climbers.
The shooting - one of the worst attacks on foreigners in Pakistan in recent years - occurred in a stunning part of the country that has seen little violence against tourists, although it has experienced attacks by radical Sunni Muslims on minority Shi’ites in recent years.