10 foreign victims identified after Nanga Parbat attack

Taliban claimed responsibility on behalf of Junood ul-Hifsa, a new faction set up to avenge US drone strikes.


Afp June 24, 2013
Taliban claimed responsibility on behalf of Junood ul-Hifsa, a new faction set up to avenge US drone strikes. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The bodies of 10 foreign tourists and a Pakistani guide shot dead by gunmen in an unprecedented attack at a remote base camp in the Himalayas have been identified, officials said Monday.

One was an American with dual Chinese citizenship, three came from the Ukraine, two from Slovakia, two others from China, one from Lithuania and one from Nepal, they said.

It was the first attack on mountaineers drawn to the natural beauty and intrepid climbing of northern Pakistan, which until Saturday's shooting was considered relatively immune from violence elsewhere in the country.

Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) Pakistan claimed responsibility on behalf of Junoodul Hifsa, a new faction it said had been set up to kill foreigners to avenge US drone strikes on Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.

The gunmen stormed into a base camp at the foot of Nanga Parbat, the second tallest mountain in Pakistan, and shot dead the climbers at point-blank range, reports said. One Chinese survived the attack.

The killings will deliver a major blow to foreign trekking expeditions, which provide the last vestige of international tourism in a country on the frontline of al Qaeda and Taliban violence.

The bodies of the dead tourists were on Sunday flown to Islamabad from where they will be repatriated.

COMMENTS (18)

Kaustubh | 8 years ago | Reply @ Kill TTP - the fact is that this attack has negatively impacted pakistan tourism in the gilgit baltistan area does not mean that India is responsible for the attack, Further more your reference to Brahamdagh Bugti is a little premature considering that it was never verified. This is in contrast to Osama Bin Laden and Dawood's sanctuary that is pakistan. The other matter is even if he was in India, the relations are sadly in a position that neither extradition or even help is denied from both sides. The countries have had turbulent relations since the partition but it can be resolved by only removing the stigma that the people of either country is fundamentally evil. Returning to the topic at hand, Taliban has announced that a new faction has set up the attack and because of which clearly absolves India, Pakistan or any other politically motivated agenda. This is of course following Occam's Razor and we at this point can only speculate. What we are sure of is that 10 tourists have been killed after being yanked out of their tents in a place of beauty and non violence. Gilgit Baltistan remained as one of the last secure tourist destination is Pakistan and this will affect the HAPs and guides present in the area.
solomon | 8 years ago | Reply

lol why would anybody visit pakistan like this??? they dont even have a tourism logo and they donot even market themselves as a tourist destination...lol who on the earth would go there in the first place ???? the only foreign exchange they earn from tourism is either from pakistani expats or sikh pilgrims from abroad ... thats all they have among foreign tourists... this country is as it is cut off from the rest of the world ....is anybody a fool to go there... especially that american was a stupid to come to an anti american country !!!!

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