by Matthew Scott

Ten climbers who were attempting to summit the world’s 9th tallest peak, Nanga Parbat (26,660ft) in Northern Pakistan, have been murdered by members of the Taliban. According to reports gathered by the Alpine Club of Pakistan, approximately 15 gunmen attacked the base camp located in a historically peaceful region around 11 p.m. on Saturday night. A spokesmen for the Pakistani Taliban has taken responsibility for the gruesome attack in retaliation for a U.S. drone attack which killed their deputy leader Waliur Rehman on May 29th.  The spokesman also added that it had been carried out by their Jundul Hafsa faction—which has been assembled to specifically target foreigners. Among the dead are a Chinese-American citizen, along with three Ukrainians, two Slovakians, two Chinese, one Lithuanian, and one Nepalese citizen.

In a telephone conversation with the Associated Press, Taliban spokesmen Ahsanullah Ahsan said: “By killing foreigners, we wanted to give a message to the world to play their role in bringing an end to the drone attacks,”

According to the BBC, the gunmen would have had to hike nearly 18 hours to the base camp located at nearly 14,000ft before killing the ten victims. Pakistani authorities have roughly 35 suspects in custody, but admit they do not have any of the “ringleaders” of the operation.

Expeditions to Nanga Parbat have since been cancelled, and remaining climbers have been evacuated.

Source: BBC News

News: 10 Climbers Murdered by Taliban While Preparing to Ascend World’s Ninth Tallest Peak

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About the Author: Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott is a dedicated photographer, vintage car enthusiast, and regular contributor to Overland Journal. Growing up in Chicago in a family that valued “all things automotive” as much as exploring the region’s back roads, provided a solid platform for a career as an automotive journalist. He departed the Windy City in lieu of Prescott, Arizona, and the great open spaces and adventure opportunities of America’s Southwest. @matthewexplore