Three ter­ror sus­pects in Nanga Par­bat tragedy held

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

GIL­GIT— The se­cu­rity forces have ar­rested three al­leged ter­ror­ist be­lieved to be in­volved in mas­sacre of 10 tourists at the base camp of Nanga Par­bat. The nabbed ter­ror­ists have been iden­ti­fied as Ir­fan­ul­lah, Habib- ur- Rehman and Qaribul­lah and they were shifted to Is­lam­abad for in­ter­ro­ga­tion through PIA flight PK- 606.

It is worth to men­tion that at least 10 for­eign climbers were mas­sa­cred on June 22, 2013 at the base camp for the 8,126- me­tre ( 26,660foot) Nanga Par­bat, Pak­istan’s se­cond- high­est moun­tain. The vic­tims were iden­ti­fied as three Ukraini­ans, two Chi­nese— in­clud­ing Chi­nese- Amer­i­can Chen Honglu— two Slo­vakians, one Lithua­nian and one Nepalese as well as a Pak­istani guide.

Tehreek- e- Tal­iban Pak­istan ( TTP) had claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, say­ing it was to avenge the death of their deputy leader in a U. S. drone strike. But the group is known to make ex­ag­ger­ated claims. The at­tack took place in an area that has largely been peace­ful, hun­dreds of kilo­me­ters ( miles) from the Tal­iban’s ma­jor sanc­tu­ar­ies along the Afghan bor­der.

The ter­ror­ists be­gan their at­tack by ab­duct­ing two lo­cal guides to take them to the re­mote base camp in Gil­git- Balti­san. One of the guides was killed in the shoot­ing, and the other namely Sawal Faqir has been de­tained for ques­tion­ing.

The at­tack­ers dis­guised them­selves by wear­ing uni­forms used by the Gil­git Scouts, a para­mil­i­tary force that pa­trols the area. Some climbers and guides were able to run away, but those that weren’t were shot dead. Faqir was able to hide a satel­lite phone and even­tu­ally used it to no­tify au­thor­i­ties of the at­tack.— INP

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