Posted: Jun 23, 2013 05:11 am EDT
(By Raheel Adnan and Newsdesk) Terrorists attacked Diamir BC of Nanga Parbat at around midnight, Saturday, June 22nd, killing at least 10 climbers, reports Geo TV. As per television reports some deceased belonged to China, Ukraine and Pakistan. The nationality of other dead climber are not confirmed yet. As per reports, the terrorists roped the hands and feet of Pakistani staff at Base Camp and then killed the foreigner climbers. The incident took place at around midnight.
Turkish climber Tunc Findik was in C2 at the time of attack. He is now descending to BC, where Pakistan Army is controlling the situation. Apparently Iranian Mehdi Gholipour and some Nepalese are with him. Tunc also confirms that the deceased include Chinese climbers.
Leader of Pakistani Expedition on Diamir Side, Karim Hayyat, messaged that 12 climbers have been killed by terrorists. Pakistanis Karim, Naseer and Sher Khan are safe.
The International Expedition leader, Alexandra Dzik, sent a message about safety of the team, "All members of our expedition with the exception of Ernest from Lithuania were that night at camp II. No contact with Ernest. There is also no contact with a Polish and Italian team with Paul Michalski and Simone La Terra"
There are more than 50 climbers on Diamir side of Nanga Parbat, this summer. As weather improved after a week, many climbers went up and were in higher camps. C2 was reached yesterday.
LA Times and other media report that the attack took place at a hotel in BC. Huff Po report the gunmen wore uniforms used by the Paramilitary Police force, beat up the Pakistani guides, tied up the tourists, robbed them and then gunned them down. The terrorists reportedly fled after the attack. Reuters report Pakistani militant Jundullah claimed responsibility. "These foreigners are our enemies and we proudly claim responsibility for killing them and will continue such attacks in the future as well," a Jundullah spokesman told the news source over telephone.
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Based in Lahore, Pakistan telecom engineer and mountaineering enthusiast Raheel Adnan is a reporter for ExplorersWeb's mountaineering sections. He shares regular updates on Twitter and runs his own blog at AltitudePakistan posting initiated climbing news from Himalaya and Karakoram. Info to this story has been added by Newsdesk.