TTP claims responsibility for killing tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan

Postmortem reports confirm that the deaths were caused by gun shots.

Tahir Khan June 23, 2013
File photo of Ehsanullah Ehsan. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility on Sunday for the killing of nine foreign tourists and their guide in Gilgit-Balitistan.

Postmortem of the tourists confirmed that their deaths were caused by firing.

The incident took place near a camp base, where the tourists were staying.

TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan called The Express Tribune and said the group’s faction named Junud-e-Hafsa carried out the brutal attack.

He said the killing was revenge against the US drone attacks and killing of TTP chief Waliur Rehman Mehsud.

“This will tell the international community about our feelings and sentiments against the killing of our fighters,” he said.

Government officials said five Ukrainians and a number of Chinese were killed. One Pakistani also died and one Chinese survivor has been recovered.

The climbers were staying at a first camp, around 4,200 feet from Nanga Parbat, one of the highest mountains in the world, in the Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan.


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seikh | 9 years ago | Reply

Additionally they will say their designs will never succeed and GOV of pakistan is committed to continue the same way as before.

Kulwant Singh | 9 years ago | Reply

@Tamur: You are right Mr.Tamur during the days of militancy in this side of Panjab the terrorists killed an Eiditor of Hindi daily and they were riding a Bullet motor cycle and the Govt banned the plying of bullets as u said these people don't use licensed weapons they are having sophisticated weapons which are not used even by our armed forces. The beurocracy advise the politicians to take such steps and they just nod.

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