Ten Killed in Nanga Parbat Attack

On Saturday night gunmen reportedly posing as police killed ten people at the Nanga Parbat base camp in the Gilgit-Baltistan area of Pakistan.

Nanga Parbat  © tomchyk
Nanga Parbat
© tomchyk, Aug 2007

Nine tourists from China, the Ukraine and Lithuania died in the attack, along with one guide who's nationality has been variously described as Pakistani or Nepali. One Chinese survivor has been recovered.

The attack is thought to have been carried out by Sunni militants, though reports vary as to the name of the group responsible. The Pakistani Taliban have contacted the BBC to claim responsibility. It's also been claimed that the victims were robbed before being shot.

'There were nine foreigners and one Pakistani. The incident took place around 10:00 pm (1700 GMT Saturday). They were mountaineers' Diamer police official Mohammed Naveed told AFP.

'Gunmen came and opened fire on them. It is confirmed that they have been killed'.

Gilgit-Baltistan is part of disputed Kashmir, where in recent years sectarian violence has been targeted at the Shia minority. However this is the first such attack on foreign tourists in the remote mountain region.

Speaking to Pakistan's Parliament, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar claimed the gunmen were disguised as paramilitary police, and gained access to the camp by kidnapping two guides. That far into the mountains, there was no police escort to protect the tourists.

'They abducted two guides and through them reached the area. One guide was killed in the shoot-out. One is alive. He is now detained and being questioned' he said.

On Radio Pakistan Gilgit governor Syed Mehdi Shah said:

'A lot of tourists come to this area in the summer, and our local people work to earn money from these people. This will not only affect our area, but will adversely affect all of Pakistan.'


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23 Jun, 2013
Shocking and mindless. Thoughts go out to those who are left bereaved by this atrocity.
23 Jun, 2013
Unbelievable... Tragic.
23 Jun, 2013
Absolutely awful news
23 Jun, 2013
Whist it is terribly tragic I feel it can hardly be unexpected. Soft western/foreign targets who are known to be in an area with little military presence or security in a region that has fairly easily access for militants. Im honestly surprised that it hasnt happened years ago. However that doesnt make it any better for those left behind and my condolences go out to them
25 Jun, 2013
He's right though.. I doubt they really care who the foreigners are.. it's just press generation, fear and terrorising.. Security is understandably so poor in many of these states it's easy attacks; I'm actualy surprised there aren't more. I've spent time right up in the North of India, not far from the Pakistan border, and up there we were warned in a few places that police response is so slow its pretty lawless or self governed.
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