(By Raheel Adnan, Update Aug 8 11:34 am EDT) Three security officials probing the Nanga Parbat Diamir BC Massacre were shot dead in the town of Chilas, on Tuesday, August 6. It’s reported that Superintendent Police Hilal Ahmed along with Army officers, Colonel Ghulam Mustafa and Captain Ashfaq Aziz, were returning from Deputy Commissioner House when unidentified armed men opened fire on their vehicle. They were rushed to the hospital but the three could not survive. Another security person was also wounded in the incident. It’s said that Col. Mustafa was recently deployed in the area for internal security and to investigate the Diamir BC murders.
Later on, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson claimed the responsibility of the attack in a call to the BBC. The killings were reportedly carried out by Junud-ul-Hifsa, the faction of TTP who was involved in Diamir Base Camp massacre. Gilgit-Baltistan Information Minister Muhammad Ismail told the media that the government is looking at the incident from different perspectives. He said, "we shouldn’t jump to the conclusion without any evidence". Chief Minister Mehdi Shah also condemned the attack, calling it an act of terrorism.
Update Aug 8 11:34 am EDT: The Gilgit-Baltistan police arrested 14 suspects on August 7. Those arrested are residents of Diamer valley.
On the night of June 22 -23, a group of over a dozen terrorists disguised in security uniforms stormed Diamir BC killing 11 climbers from six different countries. Following the attack, all climbers were evacuated from the region and area was sealed for climbing activities. While initial reports hinted that the attackers are identified, as per a senior security official, no major arrests related to June 23rd incident have been made so far.
Chilas is an ancient town located on Karakoram Highway. It’s the hub for launching expeditions to Diamir and Rakhiot faces of Nanga Parbat.
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.
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