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9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby LesterLong » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:06 pm

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/wo ... 6668386762

PAKISTAN'S Taliban movement has claimed responsibility after nine foreign mountaineers and their Pakistani guide, on an expedition to one of the world's highest and most treacherous peaks, were shot dead early today when gunmen stormed their camp in the remote north Pakistan district of Gilgit Baltistan.

Police said the climbers from Russia, China and Ukraine were killed this morning at the Diamir base camp, from where they were planning their ascent of the 8126m Nanga Parbat - the world's ninth highest peak known as "killer mountain" for the many who have perished trying to climb it since early last century.

A Pakistani, believed to be their guide, was also killed in the attack. "Unknown people entered a hotel where foreign tourists were staying last night and opened fire," senior police officer Ali Sher said. The gunmen fled after the attack, which took place at about 1am, he said.

Pakistan's umbrella Taliban movement has claimed responsibility for the killings, saying it had created a new wing to attack foreigners to avenge US drone strikes.

Spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan called AFP to say the killings were intended to avenge the death of the second-in-command of the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban in a US drone strike late last month. "We did it and we claim responsibility for this attack,'' Ehsan said in the call from an undisclosed location. "One of our factions, Junood ul-Hifsa, did it. It is to avenge the killing of Maulvi Wali ur-Rehman. "We want to convey to the world that this is our reply to US drone attacks.''

Rehman died on May 29 in a US drone attack on a house in North Waziristan, the most notorious Taliban and al-Qa'ida stronghold in Pakistan on the Afghan border. TTP vowed to avenge his death a day later, accusing Pakistan's government of being responsible for the attack.

Though early reports suggested the attack occurred at the idyllic Alpine tourist district of Fairy Meadows, near Nanga Parbat's northeast Rakhiot face, the group were actually staying at a base camp closest to the western Diamir face.

By early afternoon a Pakistani militant group known as Jundullah had claimed responsibility for the killings. "These foreigners are our enemies and we proudly claim responsibility for killing them and will continue such attacks in the future as well," Jundullah spokesman Ahmed Marwat told local reporters.

The same group has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in Gilgit-Baltistan on members of Pakistan's Shiite Muslim minority, including a highway ambush in February 2012 in which 18 bus passengers were shot dead.

But today's attack was the first on foreign tourists. A stunned Ghulam Mohammad, operator of the Blue Sky Treks and Tours which organised the expedition, told The Australian there were four expeditions staying at the camp when gunmen attacked. The company has been operating trekking and summiting expeditions across Pakistan's Himalayan peaks since 1998.

Though Pakistan is a dangerous place for foreign tourists, it remains a mecca for serious mountain climbers with the greatest concentration of the world's highest peaks - eight over 8000m, including K2, and some 170 over 7000m. "We are very sad. I don't know how people can treat lives this way," Mr Mohammad said by phone. "This is the first time in our history this has happened."

The group is believed to have spent several days driving, then hiking, from Chilas, a town on the Silk Road famous for ancient cave art, to the Diamir district. A Pakistan government official said the area was so remote that the bodies would have to be flown out by helicopter. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the killings, saying such acts of cruelty and inhumanity would not be tolerated and that every effort would be made to make Pakistan a safe place for tourists. "The people and government of Pakistan stand by you in this hour of huge distress," he said in a message to the victims' families.

Details of the Nanga Parbat expedition were registered on the Alpine Club of Pakistan's website, which listed the group as comprising nine Ukrainians, a Georgian, a Russian and an Ecuadorian climber. But police said those killed in the attack included five Ukrainians, three Chinese and one Russian climber - suggesting climbers from other expeditions were also targeted.
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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby radson » Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:11 pm

There are still people unaccounted for as well.
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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby ExcitableBoy » Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:26 pm

I wonder if Taliban extremists (redundant?) are trying to derail peace negotiations?
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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby Damien Gildea » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:01 am

ExcitableBoy wrote:I wonder if Taliban extremists (redundant?) are trying to derail peace negotiations?


"Pakistan's Taliban movement, which has its centre of gravity closer to the Afghan border, said it had shot the trekkers in retaliation for a U.S. drone strike in May that killed its second in command, Wali-ur-Rehman."

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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby Scott » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:43 am

"Pakistan's Taliban movement, which has its centre of gravity closer to the Afghan border, said it had shot the trekkers in retaliation for a U.S. drone strike in May that killed its second in command, Wali-ur-Rehman."


So they shoot Chinese, Russian, Ukrainian climbers, and the Pakistani laison officer. :?
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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby Sunny Buns » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:06 am

So they shoot Chinese, Russian, Ukrainian climbers, and the Pakistani laison officer.


Safer to shoot unarmed climbers than US military personnel. :wink:
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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby JHH60 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:13 am

One can only hope the Russians haven't forgotten the methods they used effectively against Islamic terrorist back in the Soviet days:

http://articles.philly.com/1988-02-26/news/26242928_1_islamic-liberation-organization-soviets-hezbollah
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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby OwenT » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:12 am

In the article on Yahoo it talked about radical sunnis targeting shiite minorities. I thought that the sunnis are the minority in Pakistan and Iran and the radicals are generally shiite.
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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby mtnjim » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:14 pm

Iran has a Shiite majority but Pakistan has a Sunni majority. And the Taliban are Sunni. Plenty of radical Islamists to go around in either sect.
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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby artrock23 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:27 pm

Very sad, but not too surprising. The Taliban are f*cking savages. A classic example of why most islamic countries are third-world cesspools, still living in the 15th century. :|
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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby bscott » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:04 pm

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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby ibelieveindevil » Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:31 am

one of the person killed happens to be yang chun feng, one of the most accomplished climbers from china. he climbed Qoomulangma, K2, Kangchenjunga, manaslu, cho oyu, gusherbrum I, gusherbrum II, lhoste, annapurna, dhaulagirri and makalu this year.
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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby MoapaPk » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:01 am

Peace and flowers and bunny rabbits and rainbows and butterflies. We just all need to hold hands and sing Kumbaya.
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Re: 9 climbers and guide shot dead in Pakistan

Postby radson » Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:44 pm

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