Gunmen raid hotel in northern Pakistan and kill ten
At least nine tourists and a local guide staying at a remote mountain hotel in Gilgit-Baltistan, northern Pakistan, have been killed in a raid planned and carried out by the Pakistani Taliban.
The attack – the first of its kind in the region – took place at a base camp of the world’s ninth highest mountain, Nanga Parbat (8,126 metres). The area is popular with climbers and trekkers. The tourists are believed to have come from Ukraine, China and Lithuania, according to separate BBC reports.
Nanga Parbat is part of the Himalayan Range and popular with trekkers and mountaineers, especially in June and July. The Tehrik-e-Taliban said the attack was retaliation for the death of its second-in-command, Waliur Rehman, in an alleged US drone strike.
[pictured: Rupal face of Nanga Parbat; photo by Daniel Martin]