Killings spread fear among mountain climbers


ISLAMABAD, July 9, 2013 (Obaid Khan / UPI NEXT) — The attack that killed 10 foreign mountain climbers in Pakistan last month has frightened foreign climbers, sending around 100 packing for home and leading others to cancel planned trips, interviews with tourists and tour industry sources indicate.

On June 23 the mountain climbers, along with a Pakistani guide and a cook, were killed in the base camp of Nanga Parbat, the highest mountains in the scenic Himalayan valley of Bunar Das in the self-governing territory of Gilgit-Baltistan. The militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility, calling the attack revenge for the May 29 killing of TTP chief Waliur Rehman Mehsud in a U.S. drone attack near the Afghan border and a protest against the drones.

“I am still thinking, should I go for mountain climbing or not,” an Australian climber said, speaking on condition of anonymity, who landed in Islamabad the day after the killings, “whereas my guide is advising me to change the route and go for a safer place.

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